The day of/after the fire, the Warriors played game 1 of the finals. They won and it felt good to have that distraction to get my mind off of things. But as soon as the distractions go away, you're left with your thoughts and you become more aware of how many more important things are going on. When the Warriors lost game 7, it made me realize how many games of the 73 won and 9 lost I had watched over the course of the season and seemingly wasted with no reward of the ring. I concluded that it was a damn good distraction, but imagine those hours spent painting, learning a language, or writing... producing instead of consuming! Imagine all the things that keep us distracted instead of making a difference. I was a bit jaded and indifferent with the loss, because of the harsh realities I was going thru at the time. I saw Warriors fans heartbroken over a team they supported for so long, but my heart had already been broken by much more tragic and personal events. It's just a game. Much more real life and loss happens every day. We are lucky to have the privilege to have a sports team's loss be the saddest part of a day, week, month, season, or year. We're lucky to even be able to enjoy these distractions.
I hope to stay a bit more conscious about these things and try to produce more. I was hoping to keep the game schedule next season down to only the important games... but they just signed KD!! As i mentioned in my prior post, I've been raised in this system... they don't call it television programming for nothing. Hopefully I can multitask next NBA season and draw or paint as I watch a few more games than I was intending... Try to keep that traction.
I think it's important for everyone to assess themselves, set goals, and take steps to achieve those goals. Anything else we're doing is just wasting time. We can get material things back, but not time and there isn't enough of it to waste. I have the phrase "WAKE UP!" tattooed on wrist to be a constant reminder to not wander thru this life as a mindless zombie. The recent events have been another little shake and eye opener that these distractions are put here intentionally to zombify the masses.
I enjoy giving gentle nudges sometimes to promote awakening from this zombification. There are many who enjoy the sleep and don't necessarily like the all-cap and exclamation point wake up shake. They turn over and pull the sheets and pillow over their heads... "Let me get back to my dreams!" Just be mindful... we don't control these distractions. They control us.
An Avett Bros lyric goes, "Decide what to be and go be it." Life is too short not to.