That’s it. Sometimes its the big game, the pick up game, or the game leading into the next round. It might be a painful loss, a sloppy win. It happens. The measure of a great team comes from their ability to chalk it up as a bad game, learn from it, and move on. #Sportsmanship. You can’t fall apart in the 9th and call out everyone’s mistakes before the game is over. Don’t yell over to the coach in the dugout to complain about how the second baseman dropped the ball. No use in making a routine out of throwing everyone under the bus in the post game. Get up, dust off, and push the team through that last inning. Get the base hit, or lay the bunt. Step your game up, be quick on your feet, stop pointing the finger and get the ball in the right hands, even if they’re your own. Use your position to allow the team to play theirs even better. There are no W’s in the blame game, only L’s. If you can’t get that, then sit the bench. Otherwise, grab your shit and hustle out to the field. Keep your eyes open for the next pitch.
When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
|—||Swedish Proverb (via openoptimism)|
|—||James A. Michener|