Losing It For The Family

Losing It For The Family

Friday, November 16, 2012

Amnesia

When I played sports, one of the things I was taught is that while playing, you have to develop selective amnesia. Missed tackle? Forget it, don't let it affect you, run the next play. I think that lesson applies to this journey as well. Every running back, even Emmitt Smith has fumbled the ball, every great QB, like Joe Montana, has thrown an interception. Nobody has ever performed flawlessly throughout their whole life or career. What makes the great ones great is that selective amnesia. They shook it off, they ran the next play. Where I stand right now is that i am extremely frustrated with myself and what I have become. A little over a year ago, I walked out my door, turned on my iPod, and took off jogging down the road, generally for 3 miles or more. I just finished a WALK of a mile, and I feel it in my legs and back and abs. However, in my mind, I can still run. So going out and not being able to run gets to me. I have to shake it off. I have to run the next play. I will not be throwing a Hail Mary pass today. This series, this set of plays is about the short run to get the first down, so that I can get the next set of downs that will let me get a little bit closer to the endzone. I need to come to grips with where I am, and stop letting it get to me. Because when I don't, I get the "what is the point in playing" attitude. That is when my guard gets let down, and that is when I do not give my all the next play.

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful analogy. Great job on the walk, teammate.

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  2. Have you ever watched Marshawn Lynch run the ball? The Running back for the Seattle Seahawks. They call him "The Beast" because he runs like "if you don't get the *$#%&^ out of my way I'm gonna freaking kill you!" I love watching that guy run, you can see it in his strides, full bore and wide open, like he's just looking for something to hit. I like your thoughts today about getting to that first down marker. And if I can't score a touchdown on this play, then I'm gonna run like I'm in beastmode as far as I can get anyways.

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  3. Glad you're back. Sorry you have gained a bit. You did it, you can do it again, buddy.

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