Sports can teach us some important lessons that we can relate to other areas of our lives. One of them is that loss never means it’s over. It may end the season or the playoff run, but the team always comes back the next year. Maybe with new players, or coaches and maybe with a new strategy, but it comes back.
As fans, we come back also. We get disappointed in poor coaching decisions and players mental mistakes that cost us points, but we are still fans.
So like sports, the rest of our lives shouldn’t come to a halt when things don’t go as we had hoped. The things we believe in don’t change, the reasons we fight are still the same. The ideals that we cling to shouldn’t slip away because they seemingly become harder to reach.
Elections will never go the way you want them to every time, but the motivation for caring should never be diminished. It’s understandable to feel discouraged, disappointed, distressed and even find yourself having a sense of hopelessness. The trick is to get over that as quickly as possible and get back in the fight for what you believe.
If you are a champion for social issues and progressing society forward, those battles have to be fought no matter who holds political power. We must hold all of our representatives accountable to the things we find most important. Putting your faith too deeply into any politician or party will ultimately lead to your disappointment. You have to keep your issues in the forefront, and keep battling.
So when you get knocked down, pick yourself up and keep swinging. If you don’t, then you need to question your dedication to your cause in the first place. There will always be another election, another piece of legislation to fight or push forward, and there will always be another hero to follow into war.
Why can’t you be the next hero?