I still remember my first day coaching varsity soccer back in 2006. It was hot. I was young(er). The whole experience was a little intimidating. That season, that Fall of '06, was one of the best experiences I've ever had, and it was all kicked off at the end of that first practice.
The entire training session was planned out and ran smoothly. It was after we packed up the gear that something happened I wasn't expecting. One of the Seniors walked up, shook my hand, and said "thank you Coach". Then another. Then another. Every player on that team repeated the same kindness at the end of every practice and every game that season.
But it always struck me as odd that I was being thanked for something I loved doing. Even now, when I coach soccer much less and teach karate a whole lot more, I'm humbled by the expressions of gratitude, but I love this. I love teaching.
You know who deserves the real thanks? My family. For over a decade my wife has supported what I'm doing. She sacrifices so much. My kids over the years have sacrificed time with dad so that I can help others.
If you're on a team or in the dojo, your coach/sensei is pouring themself out so that you can improve, but their family is giving a lot more. Not asking you to do anything with that thought...just wanted to give a gentle reminder that there is a whole team of people who you rarely see, that are supporting you.