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I just want to sit in a quiet backyard during the summertime with all of you. And talk. About what you love to do. What is bothering you in life. Your experiences and what you’ve learned. My experiences and what I’ve learned. Philosophical chatter. What is the meaning of life?
Before you give somebody from your past a second chance ask yourself this: what has this person been through from then till now? If their experience is nothing spectacular or devastating, then you can trust that the person will go back to their old habits. It takes life altering experiences to change someone. And I can bet almost all of these people have been doing nothing more than sitting on their couch eating potato chips.
Today I was speaking to a lady at my job for a get together lunch. We briefly touched on football and as the conversation progressed she said she was never a fan of it because it was too violent and she would never understand why people would hurt each other like that. We are obviously on different levels of understanding contact sports. But as a practitioner of contact sports, what she said really hurt me. This is because the sport has done so much for me, and I wish that others could give it a chance so that they could learn the same things I learned. I understand where she was coming from; the sport can seem barbaric and violent at times. Which brings me to the whole Richard Sherman controversy lately. I feel like as practitioners of contact sports, we need to be responsible and not sway the opinions of those such as this lady even further by adding to the fire. The sport is already seen as negative in the eyes of many; there’s no need to taunt and talk trash and give the sport an even worse name. That would be irresponsible to the sport and what it did for you. Always be polite and let your game speak for itself. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner in all areas on and off the field. Let’s try to build our sports and give people a reason to love and learn from it the same way we did.
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Everyone has one. Mental, physical, and emotional breaking points. Some people have a higher tolerance than others in specific categories. Other people snap on the dot. That person who seems to never get upset has one. That athlete that claims he never quits has one too. In the end, it breaks down to the fact that nobody is perfect. We’re all human beings after all. I try my best to keep my breaking point as high as I possibly can. But honestly, it’s tough. But I try my best. I mean, nobody likes someone that loses their cool. Being tolerant was never a natural thing for me. It was always something I had to nurture; life experiences that I went through, role models that guided me, lessons learned from the wise. I’ve seen so many people break or snap. It’s not an attractive moment to be around. I hate being around it. It’s awkward. It’s uncomfortable to be around. It’s drama that you wish you could avoid. It could even make you snap too. It’s one of the things I hate the most about being around people. Sometimes solitude doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Doing one thing means giving up on something else. I’m sure you’d love to do everything in the world and be in the loop for everything but that’s simply not possible. So don’t feel bad about missing out on something; you’d have to give up something else. It’s all about setting your priorities straight and making sure you’re not wasting any time and what your spending your time on is really what you want to do.
The most drastic changes come when you’re absolutely repulsed. When every living moment in your current situation makes you sick and you’re willing to do anything to get out.
I’m an emotional guy. When things go wrong, I’m gonna be sad and sulk around. When things work out, I’m gonna jump and scream in joy. That’s just me. And I’d much rather care too much then be apathetic.
I’ll feel bad one day, then the next day I’m quickly reminded why I shouldn’t feel bad at all. The cycle repeats…
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