A couple days ago I was at an LA Fitness playing basketball, as I was shooting and doing my drills I had a strange thought. I realized that other than things like walking, talking, and breathing, the thing I have done the most in my entire life is shoot a basketball. I seriously wonder if I’m close to having shot a million shots in my life (honestly I bet I’m close, you can ask my neighbors back when I lived in South Fayette…it’s all I did).
Some of my most vivid memories are playing my dad 1-on-1 in our backyard for hours at a time. On a weekend when it was nice, and my dad was a little more nimble, we could play 3, 5, heck even 7 games against each other. And we didn’t play like these kids today, we played to 21 and a 3-pointer was worth 3 and a 2-pointer was worth 2! Not this game to 11 by 1’s and 2’s bullcrap that goes on today (man I sound old when I say stuff like that).
I’m competitive just like my dad, probably even more so (that’s the Steinhart in me…thanks mom) but I’ll never forget what my dad used to say during a close game, fatigue written all over my face like a Lil’ Wayne tattoo. He would look me in the eyes, jab a few times to keep me on my toes and say, “Here I go…you know I get stronger as the game gets longer!” A quick jab-step right, 2 dribbles left, and a patented bank shot (famously called “The Runner” by my dad) and I was defeated yet again!
For many of us “the game” has been going on for quite some time. You’ve been in school for several years now, you’ve had your job at that company for quite awhile, maybe you’re celebrating a milestone in your marriage, or have kids that are becoming teenagers. Whatever the case may be, my question to you is are you getting stronger as the game gets longer?
Think about how much time has gone by in your life, and I don't care what age you are as you read this. High Schoolers all the way up to retirees, listen to me carefully...there's still time left on the game clock. That job you've been at for 12 years now, are you tired of it, barely hanging on or are you getting stronger? The relationship you've been in with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife...clocks ticking, are you getting stronger? Maybe it's your faith. The game hasn't gone as planned, well call a timeout, regroup, and draw up a new play. Listen, the same could be said for school, the business you own, your relationship with your kids or parents, and on and on. I am constantly thinking how can I finish this Masters class strong, how am I going to be a better father today, or how can I be a better boyfriend this month? It’s in us all, don’t sell yourself short for one second. Hey, maybe you're like my dad and you just need to shout it out loud, “I get stronger as the game gets longer!”
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