Evidently I must be a creature of habit….. consistent, because while throwing a couple of writing topics around in my head I automatically gravitated to hunting and football. I was quickly informed that I have already written about hunting and football in previous September blogs. So as September rolls around if your mind wanders to those two topics, I would like to direct your attention to the September 2014 and September 2015 blogs, which can conveniently be found on our website at www.flemingfarmandranch.com under the newsletter button at the top of the page.
For everyone else, I’ve got nothing….not really. Since we are riding the coattails of the Olympics and since school has begun, I’d like to talk about competition. You know, winners and losers, the best and the worst, the gifted and the inept. At this time of year the competitive spirit comes alive engulfing many realms, including academics, sports, FFA, and band just to name a few. It also engulfs many people including participants, parents of the participants, grandparents of the participants (that would be me) and of course coaches, teachers and advisors. While watching the Olympics I could see true, God given talent and abilities. Sure these athletes have worked hard their whole lives and their hard work definitely helped catapult them to the top. But in my mind I just don’t think Usain Bolt would be the fastest man in the world if he hadn’t been born with fast twitch muscle fiber, if you get where I’m going.
I guess what I am trying to do is give a “Shout Out”. Here’s to each “Regular Joe” and “Plain Jane” out there. You know who they are and you know if you are one of them. They are the people out there who are terrible at a few things, good at lots of things and most likely “THE” best at nothing.
That is what you call “well-rounded”.
I read recently that colleges today are looking for students with character. They don’t just want the Valedictorians or the premier athletes. They also want the students in between, aka well-rounded.
We all can’t be the best, that is just a fact of life. But as my brother’s wife’s father’s opponent once said, “Don’t let the fear of striking out get in your way”.