“No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile
Pursuit to be happy only laughing like a child
I never thought life would be this sweet
It got me cheesing from cheek to cheek”
^^The song that has inspired me for this evenings blog. Yes, I had a general idea of what I wanted my blog to be about tonight, however I heard this song and it literally made me sit down and do some writing.
It is currently 10:37pm on 9/18/2014 exactly 26 hours ago there was a moment in my life that took place where it took me back. You know the nostalgic feeling you get when something completely random in life takes place. A song comes on the radio, a smell, or perhaps it’s deja vu. Regardless of how you got it, it’s a randomized life event that takes place for you to get that feeling.
This time 10 years ago my friends and I felt invincible. High School Football was in the air in the surrounding areas of Collins, Wakeman, Norwalk, Monroeville, Olena, Clarksfield and so on. Every Friday night these towns would shut down to watch the “Boys Of Fall”. The life lessons you learn from being a part of a team in High School you will forever call upon in life. I never believed it when my coaches would tell me this. It’s true, every Friday night….regardless if you hung out with the guy to the right of you or to the left, you had his back. There was no worry about whether he had yours or not. It’s a given, one of the few times in life where you can without a doubt count on the 10 other guys surrounding you. It’s a no question asked kind of trust the kind of trust you seek the rest of your life for outside of your blood line. The assurance the 10 others around you provide you with is something we all are in constant search of. I am not saying it doesn’t happen, I am saying it happens once in a blue moon. The “Friday Night Lights”, the crowd, the cheerleaders, the HOMETOWN PRIDE that your encapsulated with is something you never let go. A little piece of us is still seeking this.
It was the top of the the 7th down by 2 runs and I was in right field. The time is 8:45pm on a mild fall night in Norwalk, Ohio. The grass had already built up a substantial amount of dew. The lights were shining on us. There were very few people in the stands (perhaps only the significant others of each team). The other team gained 1 run on us. Putting them up by 3 going into the last at bats we never hung our heads. Mind you we are grown men at this point, but have the feeling of boys on a Friday Night.
We come to the last a bat. The positive vibes on our bench are currently those you’d only feel on the sidelines 10 years prior. We get back-to-back single shot home runs. We are currently jumping around like we just won the Stanley Cup (I love Hockey). We get a walk and another base runner. Currently with a man on 2nd and 1st we have 2 outs. Next guy up hits a rope into center field. Our bench is going crazy. Guy rounds 3rd and scores at home untested.
The lights, The pride, The team, The group effort, The trust we all had in one another had come to an end. We have won, We were cheesin from cheek to cheek regardless if we even really cared for one another that much. We came together as a team, we conquered what was in front of us. The feeling we all felt that night was a decedent of the feeling you were able to feel EVERY FRIDAY night in the fall as a High School Football Player. Kenny Chesney says it best, these feelings only come randomly anymore…The day you wed your wife, the day your child is born, the day you become a grandparent. I am far from that however the point is this overwhelming exuberant feeling comes far and few between. Embrace it, it’s crazy what we can accomplish together and the awards always far outweigh the work.
I guess I just find it crazy how fast time flies, how fast we forget the roots that built our foundation. Stay true, stick close to what you know, it is only then where you’ll be able to truly see what direction to take. Don’t forget where you came from and appreciate the little events that have taken place in your life up to this point.
Remember these are the words of me, the words of I, and the words of everything I previously have known.