What makes one man quit and another fight?
I was in the drive-thru at a Sonic when I got a phone call from an unknown number.
I answered it.
It was my doctor.
Thirty-three years later, what we understood now, that we didn’t quite comprehend then was it was the losses and not the wins that best prepared us for life. They taught us how to handle and come back from adversity.
He went on to share with me that his goal is to ‘just win one match in his high school wrestling career.”
Now, To you and I, that statement sounds like it comes from an underachiever – but if you ever knew his circumstances you would understand how overachieving and insurmountable “just one win” seems to him.
Some of the greatest moments in life occur when the Venn diagram of Sports and Humanity congruently overlap.
Death, a divorce, a diagnosis, a random act of violence.
They always happen to other people.
But what do you do if it does happen to you?
I have never walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain like so many writers seeking to find themselves do.
Nor, have I ever walked the 1,560 mile Pacific Coast Trail like Cheryl Stayed did when she wrote “Wild.”
I know you want to lie down amongst the rubble in your life, to just blend into the destruction.
They say the greatest mistake is in giving up.
It is your duty to build again.
When you do, the rubble will miraculously transform into a foundation on which you will build again.
If you have an appetite for winning then your hunger will drive you – Inky Johnson
Before any of this ever happened, I thought I knew what it was to be grateful.