Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How A Career Ends: Ron Darling

I came across this great article by Ron Darling this morning on Deadspin.com.  Two paragraphs really hit home to me.

You're always trying to replace that feeling that you have as a professional athlete, and then you realize after two, three, four years that you're never going to replace it. There's nothing that's going to give you the same feeling you had jumping on the backs of your teammates or shaking hands after a win or any of those kinds of things. You're just not going to find it.
That's when I guess you say to yourself, OK, well, you know what? I've been blessed with atime. But now it's a new time. I think that's the hardest part for all ex-athletes is just figuring out, what can you do? What can you do other than play ball?

For me, that was/is a harsh reality that is hard to stop thinking about.  You'll be hard pressed to replace the joy of competition and the feeling of camaraderie with your teammates of doing something special that not everyone gets to experience.  You'll probably never high-five someone after a big sale or pour beer over someone for getting that big promotion.  You feel special as an athlete and "normalcy" can seem boring.  We must find our focus and find something that can bring joy and purpose to life.  

Please read the entire article.  It's a good read

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