It seems to me, underdog movies do quite well at the box office, especially in sports. Just a few examples of many are, The Rookie, Rocky, Rudy & Seabiscuit. (Apparently, many of them start with the letter R, too.) One of my personal favorite underdog stories has nothing to do with sports called, Gattaca.
Perhaps there is something inside all of us that knows we can do it, and those movies remind us. It’s my belief that we all have the power in us to accomplish great things. There is too much cutting down of the human spirit these days. The media certainly doesn’t inspire us, but rather, contributes to the dampening of spirits. In addition, many people are so focused on material gratification, they don’t see the inner potential of spirit.
What does all of this have to do with juice, you ask? All right, I’ll tell you. If athletic underdog stories inspire us, then when an athlete juices, it sheds doubt on the greater potential of the human spirit. If someone needs the aid of drugs to accomplish great athletic heights, then the message is … we can’t do anything exceptional without material gratification to get us through.
In July of 2013, I wrote a blog about a depression I faced due to a heartbreak in my life. I hated when people told me to take anti-depressants to help me through. Didn’t they think I had the strength to handle it on my own? Didn’t they think my inner spirit would prevail? Oh yes, I’ve heard it before, they were only trying to help. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against medical intervention for serious illnesses. But, when we experience some type of loss, isn’t grief … depression, natural? Isn’t it supposed to teach us something? Once we overcome, aren’t we our own underdog stories?
Back to the topic at hand. It’s more than disappointing to hear the latest story about a “great” baseball player who juiced to help him achieve his “greatness.” Not that he had displayed any kind of integrity anyway, but using the aid of drugs cuts down the human spirit.
Do you have an underdog story about yourself or someone you love (not necessarily relating to sports)? If you do, consider telling it on your blog. Let me know if you do, and I will put up your link when I post my weekend wisdom quote. Any time you share an inspirational story, be it tomorrow, next week, next month or next year, let me know. I still would like to link to it. The more inspirational stories told, the more positive energy we spread across the world.