Friday was an eye opener for me, in more ways than one.
As we get older, life throws more and more things on our plate and at times it becomes challenging to keep a sound mind. Which in turn, makes it easy to get caught up in frustration and annoyance in certain periods of our daily lives. When the bad patches hit, all it takes is a day like this past Friday for me to get my perspective back in order.
I was asked by the good folks at MetLife, last week, if I would participate in a Toy Drive for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Of course I filed that answer under the 'no brainer' category. There are so many good organizations out there and lots of great people involved in them. There is no better remedy for a good day or week than surrounding yourself around both.
There were smiling faces to be had by all in that room on Friday. Heck I even got to hang out with Snoopy, my fourteen-month old son would have been extremely jealous but little did we all know what horrific crime was taking place that morning in a little town called Newtown, Connecticut.
Just when we think we've already hit the 'unthinkable ceiling' in our lifetime, this happens. Yet again, another senseless act of violence in our country and of all places, an elementary school. A jolt like this would make any mechanic proud; I just got my priorities realigned.
Because of the passion of sports fans we have 24-hour sports channels all over our televisions, sports talk radio at every turn, and sports paraphernalia flying off the shelves. It is this same fervor that helps all the local teams in this town survive and thrive. It's the same reason stations like 102.5 The Game exist and we thank you for that passion.
I live, eat, and breath sports, have my whole life but there comes a time, like Friday, when we all have to realize, life is too short to throw something when our favorite team loses a big game or curse at the television set or in the stands when something doesn't go our way. Never lose your love of sports but remember there are more important things in life than a coaching search or a recruiting class.
I think Nashville is a great sports town. Our city has class and for that, it is a superb place to live. So when head to a Titans game, or the Music City Bowl, or a Predators game soon, scratch the last one, just remember to have lots of fun while rooting your favorite team on to victory but sports is just a nice escape from some of the ugliness out there in the world that we have to deal with from time to time.
Hug your kid/kids like there is no tomorrow. Tell your friends and family (even the crazy ones) how much you love them. As 2012 winds down, it gives me the chance to say to all the listeners who have made this station their home on the radio, thank you! Your participation is appreciated!
To all of you, have a very Merry Christmas and may you all win your bowl pools.
See the photos from Toy Drive for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt here.
Email Darren at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @dmac_1025