I’m in that minority of Western Washington residents who are not watching the NFL playoff game this afternoon. In addition to not being a fan of professional football, I’m also conflicted about this particular game.
I was born in New Orleans and lived most of my adult life in Louisiana. I’ve also lived in Washington State for the last two decades. I want to shout, “Geaux Hawks!"
I realize the chances of the Saints beating the Seahawks are slim after being demolished by Seattle five weeks ago. However, there is also the possibility that Seattle will be overconfident today after the previous game. The Seahawks are highly favored as a superior team, but neither squad got to the playoffs by chance, and both are motivated.
Whichever team wins, I can claim bragging rights. Whichever team loses, I’ll receive some ribbing. Therefore, I have no real investment in the outcome. It just really doesn’t matter to me one way or the other.
Sometimes life is like that. Everyone else has an opinion about an outcome, but it matters not one bit to me. People get upset that I don’t have an opinion. I get upset that it matters so much to them and yet seems so unimportant to me.
Of course there are also times when I’m highly invested in a particular outcome that friends of mine could not care less about. They can’t understand my passion while I ridicule their apathy.
So how do we determine who is right in situations like these? Ultimately, I believe, that depends on your definition of “rightness.” It’s like trying to determine who is successful. It depends on your definition of “success.”
Whoever wins the playoff game this afternoon will march on toward the Super Bowl. Fans of both teams will have their various interpretations of the outcome. The Super Bowl will be played on February 2, and life will continue on planet Earth.
The only thing that’s certain at this moment is that by the time you read this column, some of my friends will have given me grief for shouting, “Geaux Hawks!”
• How do you choose your passions?
• When do you become right, making someone else wrong?
• Do either of you have to be right or wrong?
• What are you passionate about today?