Since I was a kid I can remember my dad telling me, “Shorty, there are more important things in life than sports”.
It’s been a busy week for me around the office doing a ton of different things but today in the midst of all the craziness that is work, I was stopped in my tracks. I was recording my podcast about the Masters, something that was funny and had me excited when I turned on ESPN Radio programming only to here Jeremy Schaap giving a report about an explosion at the Boston Marathon. I went to my desk to find out what was going on. You all know what I found.
In this day and age whenever I hear about something like this, I immediately think to myself “Not again”. Not again, innocent people are injured. Not again something is going to affect the way we live. Not again, a child will go home today and not be able to hug their mom or dad good night. But at the same time I have a cold feeling, a feeling I don’t like. Even though I don’t like what I am seeing, reading, or hearing, I don’t cry. I’m not angry to where I want to go get revenge. Quite frankly I’m not shocked anymore. It’s a hard thing to explain, sometimes I think maybe I don’t have a heart. Or is it that my generation and our country as a whole has become so accustomed to these types of things, we automatically think “Not again…”. How sad is that?
I know this sounds really cold and I assure you that’s not the way I intend it to sound. But in my lifetime I have seen so many thing on a national and global level (the first World Trade Center bombing, Oklahoma City, Columbine, the D.C. Snipper, 9/11, Katrina and countless other natural disasters, Newtown, today’s Boston Marathon and so many other horrible things) I’ve almost become immune to them. I’m not immune to the sadness that comes over me (because my heart is heavy for those who were affected) thinking of those people who lost their lives or loved ones. I’m not immune to thinking about those who were injured, but I am immune to the shock. The sad thing is there are places in this world that this happens every day. We live in a world and a country where every day we take for granted the simple freedoms. Here in America we don’t expect this to happen, we don’t expect to turn on the radio or TV and see people being blown up at a sporting event. This was a sporting event, not a war zone, not a jungle in Uganda, not a dessert in Iraq, not a mountain range in the Afghanistan. This was in Boston, Massachusetts. This was on American soil. This shouldn’t happen. These kinds of things shouldn’t take place, not here, not anywhere. But they do, and it sucks. It sucks big time. It sucks that we live in a world where there are sick people who take the lives of the innocent.
But today is yet another reminder that there are bigger and more important things in life than sports, ironically today’s tragedy struck during a sporting event. This blog is not about sports, it’s not about who won or who lost. This blog is a plea from me to you, asking that when you read this please take a minute and think about those who died, those who were injured and all their families. Think about your family. Take an extra moment and call that loved one you haven’t talked to lately. Hug your son or daughter. Tell your parent or sibling you love them. Reach out to that old friend who you have lost contact with. Do it today, before it’s too late. There are hundreds if not thousands of people around the world who wish they would have done one if not all of those things.
Oh by the way… I heard a great piece of advice today when dealing with events like these. When you are sad and want to turn the channel, when you no longer want to hear reports, when all you want to do is tune it out. Think about those who are helping and those who are saving lives. Think about how many amazing people risked their lives to help others. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the first responders, police officers, firemen and women, dispatchers, EMT’s and civilians who were there to help out immediately following the disaster in Boston. Those people are true American heroes. Those people are the most courageous and dedicated folks who walk this Earth. God bless them, God bless the brave men and women of our armed forces, God bless all their families and may God bless America.