The world is… Hold on, I'm weighing my words here… A bit off-kilter these days and it's a lot to process. If you know me at all, you will know who this hippie did not vote for, but that's actually not what is on my mind.
I feel that in these rough, unsure and scary times, we all need an escape. Something that takes our minds off of fear or worry or anger. For me, it's sports. Yes, I'm still at yoga every Tuesday night, but it turns out that wasn't enough.
So, I turned to sports. To know me is to know my love of football - and I don't mean I like it, I L-O-V-E it. My love for the New Orleans Saints is very real. Troy and I went to New Orleans on our honeymoon in 2004. I fell in love with every aspect of that city, and then Hurricane Katrina came and I was devastated. I can vividly remember sitting down to watch that first home game back in the Superdome in 2006. It was a Monday night game, and they played their bitter rival (a.k.a. hated with the fire of a thousand suns): the Atlanta Falcons. In an historical play, Saints’ safety Steve Gleason blocked that kick, the Saints scored their first home game touchdown, and I sat there and I cried. I knew then that I had found ‘My Team’.
Every Sunday, I watch the game in my Saints gear and scare my children by screaming at my television and I love it so much, but I don't take losses very well. At all. Ever. I'm what you would call "emotionally invested".
As I'm writing this, the Saints fell victim to not one, but two losses this week, which did not bring me joy. But being mad at football is a whole lot better than being mad at the world, so I have learned to appreciate the loss anyway.
It's not just Sunday Night NFL games, though. My high school football team is undefeated. So I’m constantly checking their stats. The school my daughter attends only has one loss this season. So naturally I have to read about how they did and where they’re going. Troy and I will watch Penn State games together, and my New Orleans love has carried over to college football as well (I’m talking to YOU, LSU).
But wait, the Flyers are on? I'll watch it! The hockey highlight channel where they flip around and show the best hockey plays of the night? Yep, I'll watch that, too. Is there a basketball game on? Who's playing? I don't care, I'll watch it anyway. And look, the Cubbies just won the World Series after 108 years! Fly the W!!
There's never much on TV these days anyway, and the news is just so… Depressing. Sports are my way to give myself a break. By cheering for something, or even against someone else, (I'm talking to you, Atlanta) I'm giving my head a rest.
The ways of the world have me tired these days so be sure to do something that makes you happy. WHO DAT!