It's Opening Day for the 2018 MLB season! Which means new beginnings, new challenges, and new contenders. Everything that happened last season is in the past, and it is a new opportunity for any team to become champions. An opportunity for the unheard of guy making a name for himself. A chance for potential Hall of Famers to cement their legacy. A possibility of another city breaking a championship drought. And another season to root against the San Francisco Giants.
As I'm writing this, Giancarlo Stanton just hit his second homer as a New York Yankee. He is on pace to hit 324 dingers in the 2018 season, I seriously hope that happens. The Oakland A's are looking OK so far, that starting pitching is going to have a long season. The White Sox hit 5 homers in a span of two innings, maybe a sing of good things to come for Loyola-Chicago this weekend. And Ty Blach just threw out the first pitch against the Dodgers. It's all feeling pretty good in the world with baseball back.
I could write about my predictions for the season, what to watch for, teams of the future, my MVP candidates. There's an endless possibility of topics for the 2018 season. But as always, I am going to write about whatever the hell I want because it's my blog and I am the CEO, Editor, Writer, Producer, Composer, Sound Guy, and Janitor. I make the rules on what I write, and baseball is just a segway into what I really want to talk about, which is new beginnings.
As some of you know about me, I have worked for a popular coffee chain for about 6 years. I recently took a break from that to try to pursue my career in sports. Working in sports is something that I had always dreamed of, and it is still my goal for my future. I love sports, particularly basketball, and I know that being a basketball writer, announcer, or whatever else I can do is what I ultimately want to do. I pressured myself so much to get into the sports industry that I took the first job I was offered. But that didn't work out so well.
Five years ago, I set a goal for myself. I said that I wanted to have graduated college and to be working in sports. Fast forward five years, and I had accomplished what I said I would. but as I've said before, life is all about timing and perspective. Being able to go into a new workplace with all new people, I got some perspective on the industry. Although it was a small sample size in an environment that wasn't fully developed yet, I knew it wasn't going to work. I had to set my pride and goals aside and ask myself Am I really happy with what I am doing? Will this job create a better future for me? Are the sacrifices I'm making worth the end result?
After just a few months in a position that was not a right fit for me, I quit. I hated it. I have never quit any job in my life, but I was totally unhappy and I knew I wasn't going to grow in my role with this position. So I called my former boss up and asked her if she could offer me a job, just to pay the bills, and of course she did because I'm like the Ben Simmons of this barista shit. I'm like the neighborhood drug dealer, giving all these peoples their caffeine fix multiple times a week. I'm like Tony Montana, giving people that extra boost they need just to get through the day.
Sorry, sometimes I get cocky. But that's the thing. I'm extremely confident in my position right now and I know that what I do helps others. Even if it is just a simple cup of coffee, I am giving them an opportunity to create a new beginning everyday. Whatever happened before that cup of coffee doesn't matter to them anymore because they got their fix and they're ready to tackle the day head-on.
Take pride in whatever it is that you do. Don't ever let the influence of others sway you to feel like what you're doing isn't what they would consider to be glorious. You are in control of your future and your own happiness, and if you are an accountant, be the best fucking accountant that ever lived. If you a used car salesman, then push some cars to the masses. If you like plumbing, then God bless you my dude because the world needs people like you to function. Treat everyday like it's Opening Day. If you aren't excited with what you're doing or the job you're at, it is not late to create your own new beginning.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.