Last night I watched the Bears at Redskins game sitting on my couch. It was very strange. That probably sounds strange to many as most people watch football at home, on their couch. It was the first time I did that since week 15, 2007, which was December 17. The last two games of the season were at home so I was at those games as I have season tickets. Starting in 2008, I became good friends with Sandy, another crazy die-hard Bears fan, who happen to travel to away games. We had met for lunch in May. When she told me this I said, “Oh my gosh, I’d love to do that!” And the rest is history, until last night.
I went to 183 straight regular season and playoff games, home and away. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we had. I’ve gotten to see so many places and meet lots of wonderful people! The Bears took me to other countries to visit and watch games in London and Toronto. I’ve gone to every stadium (other than the new one in Atlanta, which will be next year). I feel so blessed!
But life changes and circumstances become different. I had to make the decision, it just wasn’t possible to do all the games this year. I went to Denver and plan on making our three division games.
Knowing the end of my streak was near, it made me focus on simplifying my life and what is really important. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t sad. That doesn’t mean I don’t wish I was there last night. That doesn’t mean I won’t start the streak again. It just means I’ve put some things in perspective.
It’s not the longest streak by any means. My friend Sandy is continuing to go and a good friend we’ve come to know , Paul, has been going to not only regular season but pre-season games since 2002. True fans by any definition.
All good things must come to an end only to allow us to start more good things.