Sam is playing the “Premier International”…
Its a three-day soccer festival on the Gold Coast.
While we are up on the Goldie, we are staying at the Mercure, the old Palm Meadows resort…
Its a typical Gold Coast hotel, nice rooms, TV, the usual.
I made sure we upgraded to queens sized beds — they are critical to actually get any sleep with 3 kids.
Now, the kids had quickly spied the spa and as 8 pm rolled around, the call went out from Sam to hit the spa.
I was excited too.
My legs have been aching from too much personal training…
And a spa was just what the doctor ordered… so to speak…
We headed down.
The spa was lukewarm.
Even with the jets on, there was no palpable increase in heat.
In a word… the spa sucked.
Now, this is by no means the first time, and it will not be the last, where my mental expectation of the experience and the actual experience itself are vastly different.
Sometimes it goes the other way and the experience exceeds the mental projection…
But in this case, the spa was definitely well below par.
I felt disappointed.
But, there was little to do but accept the spa temperature.
Interestingly enough, the kids had a great time despite the lukewarm temp.
And, it was great to hang out with them, even if my legs were not getting the relief I had initially desired.
The lesson to take from the entire experience was to focus on what is important.
Hanging out with my kids was far more important than the temperature of the spa.
It is similar to the FRACGP exams.
There is so much information that it can be hard to know what to focus on.
So… Focus on the important.
I break it down into clinical knowledge, clinical skills, clinical reasoning, and exam performance.
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