“I am a positive example for others.”
“I am a positive example for others.”
I have been a Seahawks fan since the day I was born. My first breath on this earth was taken in the midst of football season of 1977. I don’t have too many memories of that time, other than watching a sea of blue each Sunday on TV. Sitting with my Dad, I would ask question about the rules of the game, understanding more and more as I grew older.
Born and raised in Seattle, I am no bandwagoner or fair-weather fan. I still have a hard time watching the NBA, and miss our Sonics. I still can remember where I was when the Mariners first made it to the post season. But, most of all, I am a Seahawks fan. I sit at home, and scream and jump around the living room when the game is on. I wear my gear every blue Friday. I watch each game from opening kickoff to the last second. Do not do it because it is the “it” thing, I do it because I love Seahawks football.
I am the one who stands there while everyone talks football to my boyfriend; even though he misses much of the game, and gets the recap from me. He even has to ask me the details of the players’ names and numbers. Who was that guy? Is he offense or defense? That’s fine. I don’t mind being a little under the radar, I don’t mind being the overlooked female fan. It doesn’t change how I feel about the Seahawks, and the 2015 Super Bowl won’t either.
So, why do I love the Seahawks? I love them for their heart and soul. I feel privileged to bear witness to such camaraderie, zeal, heart, and love for the game (and each other). It is rare in the world of competitive sports to have such a group of players with such mutual appreciation for one another.
The Seahawks teach us tenacity, listening to our gut (intuition), community, strength, courage, enthusiasm and unconditional love. When I watch a game, it becomes a spiritual experience for me. It is much more than executing plays and making tackles.
When watching a game, it is a time for me to hold thoughts of positivity. Staying focused in the now, and everything else just falls away. I am the eternal optimist when it comes to my Seahawks. Each game is a reminder for me to implore that same optimism in all aspects of my life. Not everyone may understand how or why I can find the Seahawks such an example of spirituality, but that is how life works. One person’s spiritual experience is another person’s point of anger.
In the coming days and weeks, as the world reflects on the Super Bowl loss, many things will be said. I am writing this today to show my support and love for a team that in many ways has always been a part of me. So, thank you Seahawks for another wonderful year, and I look forward to what you teach me next season.
I live in the Pacific Northwest, USA and in this area we have been bombarded with snow, ice and wind in the last week. For those of you who live outside the area, I’m sure the winter weather we received pales in comparison to a normal winter for you. But, for those of us in this area, we were sure thrown way off our routines as we received as much snow in one day as we usually receive in an average year! We lost power in many areas for a few days, as we have so many trees that get heavy with snow and ice and crash onto the power lines and roadways.
Even though I was out of my routine and had to stay at my mom’s house to stay warm, my own experience is nothing in comparison to the many who have had no power for over a week. Any time we have a shake up in our day-to-day routine, it always helps us to highlight a few things in our life that we have not been paying attention to.
For example, I know that the power company will change some of the ways it does things, and we already saw an improved way to communicate with customers, as the power company posted regular updates on Facebook to keep everyone informed. For me, this storm helped me to really appreciate electricity and the way in which it is integral in our lives and everything we do. I will certainly try to not take it for granted.
For others, they learned new things about their home, or spent more time reconnecting with family. Even in the most miserable of experiences, there is always something to be learned, improved and/or appreciated in a new way. When you can keep your focus on the positive, even in the face of what can be a terrible situation, it just helps to make things work better in your life.
I know that next time this happens (as it happens every 2-3 years in this area), that the power lines will be better able to handle the event and many more people will have purchased generators or have back up plans in place. Sometimes we all need to slow down and turn off for a few days.