What I Have To Say About Sports And Other Stuff
There is a significant amount of time in childhood where growth is on autopilot. Reflecting on a 20-something Magazine article where the author points out the stages of growth from children to adulthood, there is a clear distinction between the amount of growth in childhood, the amount and type of growth in adolescence and then adulthood.
Once a person reaches about age 25, there is a significant drop-off in the amount of automatic learning that takes place. This isn’t to say learning and growth stop. It just means adulthood is the time when growth stops becoming automatic and starts becoming self-sustaining.
In addition to all of the other stresses in the average life of a 20-something, we have the added pressure of not being to afford anything … even time off.
Some are in jobs that don’t allow us to take vacation and those who are lucky enough to have paying jobs that offer us 10 days a year, can’t afford to do anything with those freebies.
“Staycation” is a new phrase that has popped up in recent years to define time spent at home without the distractions of the work environment, an opportunity to give your brain time to breathe without blowing hundreds of dollars on a hotel in a new city or on a beach.
But this generation is nothing if not creative. And instead of letting our lack of funds taking us to cool places bring us down, we have instead created a term that has permeated the culture and allowed us to take an opportunity to take time off, chill out and create our own experiences. Gone are the days when the requisite four-person family with their dog pile into the car with beach equipment for the Saturday-to-Saturday stay on the water. Millenials are creating new and exciting vacations, and we are OK with that.
Now that the excitement and hype of the Super Bowl have died down and the reality of free agency has set in, a clear picture has emerged.
Joe Flacco did not deserve to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
Ravens fans may disagree, and understandably so. He put up impressive numbers at time throughout the past four years with the team, including leading them to the playoffs in each of those years. In addition to this year’s record-setting playoff run to the Super Bowl, there is no doubt he deserved to get paid. But the perception of him was clouded when he was named MVP.
Flacco was inconsistent this year and has been in previous ones. Ask most analysts — and probably some players — and guaranteed most would say of all the QBs in the league, Flacco doesn’t break top 5 in crunch time choices. As much as Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff lost the Ravens a 2012 Super Bowl appearance, Flacco didn’t solely win them a 2013 one.
How can I be so convinced of its existence, yet so wary of its truth?
Why must it be a fatal death for me to believe it’s gone?
Why can’t I be content that some things die slowly and remain peaceful in your heart?
When you are in your 20s, you reflect a lot on what your life is like, what it should be like and what you wish it were like. Inevitably, those three viewpoints never look the same and I expect they don’t once you hit 30 either.
As I teeter some days with the “Why am I here?” and “What is the point?” questions, I find my motivation is the key to keeping my focus on meaningful answers to these questions. Whether or not my existence has a concrete purpose, I can spend my days feeling good about me when I make people feel happy to be where they are.