I’m a New England Patriots fan, and have been musing these past few weeks about the dynamic of being a fan and caring about whether a group of people win or lose a game.
It’s very interesting to me … I mean, when you break it down, grown men (or women) earning their living—and in some cases, an extremely lucrative living—playing sports shouldn’t necessarily have any impact on my life whatsoever.
The more I have thought about it, the more I have come to see that it’s about what these teams I root for represent to me. The stories. The people whose image is inspiring to me. And when I was younger, I think it was also needing something from that team that I didn’t have in my own life.
The Patriots lost in the Super Bowl this past Sunday night. The reasons why are being discussed and analyzed, but for my part, I am aware of how much less invested in the outcome I feel this time. I think that has a lot to do with feeling like my life has much more of the things I love—performing, creating—and seeing my career begin to take shape. In other words, a win or a loss by a team doesn’t give me as much as it used to, and I consider that a positive.
Really, it’s such a remote thing—to root for athletes … to pay to watch people compete in sports. I think it’s fun, but I wonder if it says something about us that bears noticing, should our fortunes rise or fall so dramatically on whether a team is successful or not.
I guess it’s all about balance. Investing time, energy and, sometimes, money, in a team, is fun and it’s also important, I think, to remember that making your own life as wonderful as possible is ultimately the most important “win” you can give yourself.
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My performance schedule changes dynamically, as I book additional “gigs.” Right now, at the time of this post, you can see me entertaining over the next few weeks at the dates, times, and places listed below. To see my most up-to-date schedule, visit my website.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sauf Haus (1216 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036)
Friday, February 16, 2018
Georgetown Piano Bar (3287 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007)
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