However, every once in a while, there's that window. That defining moment, the one shot you've got, the fastball down the middle.
Will you knock it out of the park, go down swinging, or not even take the bat off your shoulder?
I know that it's easier to pretend you don't care when you fail. That it didn't mean anything. That it's all a big joke. Whatever makes it easier to sleep at night right? After all, I'm not the one that's going to have look myself in the mirror every morning and know I didn't give it my all. You're taught to leave it all on the field. There is no tomorrow. Some people bring it, some...choose not to.
Where am I going with all this. We had our state playoff game today. It started out well enough, scoreless in the bottom of the second. Then all hell broke loose. Mather kept pounding us, run after run. You could see it in their eyes.
Our kids gave up.
It's sad because it seems to be the mentality of a lot of our kids. They can't handle adversity. They fold. Not only during athletic competitions, but school as well. A lot of them continue that trend well into their adulthood. Is it that we're not good role models? Aren't we leading them down the right path? Then again, what do you expect when no one supports them? Parents don't come to the games, neither do administrators, faculty, or staff. It's us against the world. Then you look across the field at an opponent who looks better trained, better equipped, and with more support. They're only kids after all.
Still though, these are young men in the making, especially the seniors. This was their last chance, some won't ever put gear on again. The finality of it all may not hit them for a while. Missed opportunities, lost forever. There's no tomorrow, there's no next year for them.
But life goes on, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
I hope it made them stronger.
Coincidentally On the Lot premiered today. I won't go into it, but believe me if I had a shot like that, I'd swing for the fences. They had to pitch a random movie for their first challenge and while being a salesman has never been my strong suit...I'd do my best to sell my ass off. Especially if I ended up with the Country mouse escaping the lab logline.
I can't wait for script frenzy to start.