Fun fact: I love sports movies. I live for that moment near the end, the darkest moment, the moment when it looks like Goliath is about to stomp on little David. Why? Because that’s when the coach steps up, puts on his big boy shorts, and delivers a speech that rouses the team and leaves entire theaters (okay, just me) in tears.
Those coaches have something in common.
They’ve got nothing on my dad.
That’s right, when it comes to motivational speeches my dad is, simply put, the man. His speeches have gotten me through school drama, boy drama, life drama, and pretty much everything in between.
If there’s one thing my dad’s taught me, it’s to believe in my dreams. Any time I start to doubt this whole writing thing, he reminds me that wasting time worrying is, well, a waste of time. He advises me 99% of success is working harder and longer than anyone else. And, when he says he believes in me, it’s not just words – he really means it. Even after all the horrible first drafts he’s had to endure (and, let’s be real, horrible second, third, and fourth drafts), even after all the rejection letters, he’s never stopped encouraging me. Not once.
Most importantly, if I’m ever frustrated, he reminds me why I write. It’s not for fame or fortune. As awesome as it would be (like really, really awesome), it’s not even about getting published, not really. To paraphrase The Little Giants: I write because I want to. I write because it’s fun.
So thanks, Dad, for reminding me it isn’t whether you win or lose, not in sports, and not in life. It’s how you play the game. That means picking yourself up as often as you have to and doing it with a smile. It means, if you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says. You’re already a winner.
To everyone out there chasing their dream, if you’re maybe feeling a little beaten up, if the clock is ticking down and you feel hopelessly behind, remember: In this lifetime you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody. Except yourself. Even if the world beats you 99 times out of 100, that still leaves one time. Your time. So go out there and take it! I know I’m going to.
Right after I go hug my dad.
P.S. Ten coolness points if you can identify all the sports movie references in that last bit. 🙂