Forty-three. Eight. Two simple numbers. Now put them on a scoreboard. Completely changes their meaning, doesn’t it?
Yes, I am indeed talking about the Superbowl. Today’s game was …. interesting …. for lack of a better descriptor. But some good did come out of it. Well, Seattle fans would say that nothing but good came out of it. But I’m not going to get into who the better team is and who I was rooting for here.
The game made me realize something: You win some and you lose some. Sometimes, you win or lose by a small margin. Take the Superbowl XLVII 3 point difference as an example. And sometimes there is a significant gap. I don’t think I need to give any examples …
But we aren’t defined, or at least we shouldn’t be, by our successes and defeats. We’re defined by the actions we took to get there and how we take a win or a loss. If you work your butt off and in the end don’t win that trophy, are you a loser? If you slack off and get lucky enough to win the grand prize, are you a winner? If you work hard, win, and then taunt the losing team, are you a winner? If you complete a race in last place but show real respect and admiration for the winner, are you a loser?
The answer? No. You are neither a winner nor a loser. I personally, despise those terms. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, their virtues and vices, their talents and flaws. We all succeed. We all fail. None of us are winners or losers because we are people who do not need labels.
You are you. I am me. We’re all incredibly unique individuals who simply cannot be stuck into a metaphorical 5 foot by 4 foot box and compared to everyone around us. We need room to breathe and be ourselves to our fullest capabilities and to express that in the way we know best, whatever way that may be.
So quit with the labeling! And remember the words of Arthur Ashe: “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
Discovering where our journey takes us – one step at a time,