I know the posts on this blog are usually pretty lighthearted, but this one is going to be a tad different. So, if you came here looking for a laugh, you might want to stop reading.
Last night as I was lying in my hotel room, I found myself thinking back on all of the locker room conversations that focused on one question: why do we put ourselves through this? Why do we continue this love-hate relationship with a game that has humbled us more times than we can count?
I couldn't sleep, the thoughts and conversations were too much...so I started writing. I wrote down my thoughts, hoping to find peace of mind. After 10 minutes of writing and rewriting, this is what I came up with. Some of you may not agree with it, but these are my thoughts.
We give you everything: our hearts, our souls, our blood, our tears. And for what? The dream of the bright lights and big stage? They've told us forever that, "with hard work you can accomplish anything." But you show us otherwise. You show us that sometimes no matter how hard we work, we aren't good enough; no matter how hard we try, we fail. But still we come back to you, wanting more. For even the darkest of days cannot hold back the shine of your big stage. We give you everything. Silently hoping that someday, you'll give back.
- Shane Minks