I don’t know how many people read my blog posts.  I’m guessing it is in the tens of people.  I’ve always focused the blog on sports – training for sports, sports athletes, interviews of my clients, what is working for these athletes to make them better.

I like to focus on sports because you know what you will get when you click on the blog.  I wanted it to be a distraction from all the other junk you get inundated with throughout life that to be quite honest can be negative sometimes.

And if you have been like me, you definitely need a distraction now. 

Sometimes, I just feel sad.  It can be quite disgusting how humans are treating one another right now.

But, there was a time in my life where my world was a lot simpler.  That time was when I was playing competitive sports.  When sports is done right, it can be an awesome teacher for LIFE!

You get to a certain level of playing sports, it does not matter what race you are, what religion, what your sexual orientation is, political agenda, etc.

All that matters is the effort that you put in to being the best athlete you can be and if that is shown on the field properly.  And if you play on a team sport, how you and your teammates can grow together to be the best team you guys can be TOGETHER.

One of the best things sports provides is the ability to get to know and better understand humans that are not like you.

For the majority of my life, I have been an athlete or a coach.  Through my experiences I have worked with so many different athletes and learned so much from them.  It helps me to be not only a better teammate or coach for them, but a better person in our society.

For example, I really didn’t learn about Ramadan until my early thirties when one of our football players was going through it.  During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims are obligated to fast every day from dawn to sunset.

This makes it tricky to get a Muslim athlete properly fueled for their sporting event and in this case a semi-final state football game.  Luckily the sunsets are earlier in the late fall early winter so we were able to get him food, drink, properly fueled, and ready for his game.

But, that is what makes this country beautiful.  To have all this diversity and to be able to learn about everyone.  The passion of sports brings all these diverse athletes together for one goal, being successful at the sport you play.  Everyone just has slightly different ways of getting there.

And at the end of the day.  When the competition is over, you congratulate the other team and show respect win or lose.  You might even give someone a hug.  You respect what they have done just like they respect what you have done.

I have made so many friends throughout the years because of sports.  And they all haven’t looked just like me.

If we could only take that philosophy and that part of the sports culture that I enjoy and take it to the masses now.  We might have a much better chance of truly getting through all this together.