Football & The Big Picture

As many of you may know, I pretty much live and breathe football. Growing up in Texas, high school football was a big deal. I started going to varsity games when I was in middle school. My senior year, I went to every game (home and away) and cheered my heart out in the student section, leading me to be named “Most Spirited” of my senior class. I was so sad to leave my high school football powerhouse. Then I experienced college football.

When I was looking at colleges, football wasn’t a prerequisite, but more of icing on the cake. Don’t get me wrong, I knew the record of every school’s team that I was applying to, but that was never my deciding factor. But, by the grace of the Football Gods, I ended up at Clemson University (for many reasons beside their football team). And let me tell you, Clemson football is the most exciting thing I have ever experienced. Quick note: this isn’t going to be a purely football post, just hold on a little longer.

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As (hopefully) all of you know, our fighting tiger football team went 14-1 this season, with our only loss being Monday night in the National Championship game against ~cringe~ Alabama. The game was a close one and I was pretty much bouncing off the walls the entire time. I (as well as hundreds of thousands of other people) was devastated when we lost. It was my first time experiencing a Clemson loss!

As I sat there in shock and heard people literally screaming at the top of their lungs in anger at Bama, I realized how easy it is to focus on one specific moment and lose sight of the big picture. Yes, unfortunately, we lost the National Championship (to a great team I might add) but we won 14 other games! Overall, the season was a sensational one with so many records broken. It is so easy to let one bad aspect overshadow all of the great, amazing memories that occurred before.

Don’t let one bad test or class ruin a successful semester. Don’t let one fight get in the way of a life-long friendship. Don’t let one loss overshadow an amazing season. Never lose sight of the big picture. Your life is so much bigger than just right now!

So congrats Alabama on a great game and a great win. I won’t forget the 14 other kick ass wins. Watch out Tampa, we are coming for you!

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