Yes, I said it! I LOVE FOOTBALL! I always have. I think it began as this way of connecting with my Dad...but then I just grew to love it. I love the crowds, I love cheering on my teams (Go Pack!) and I love the game.
There is just something about sitting down and watching a football game that makes me feel so proud to be an American. I don't often feel proud to be an American, because I think we really allow ourselves to feel superior a lot of the times, when we shouldn't. But I will say that while I am watching football....all the American in me really, truly comes out.
Yesterday I went to the watch the football game by myself. I tailgated with my parents, but then sat on the hill surrounded by people, yet completely alone. It was the first time in my life, when attending something that huge that I felt okay with being alone. Now don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have had someone sitting next to me, cheering along with me...talking about how stupid they were playing. But I didn't have anyone that could go, or that I knew would be there....yet I cheered my team on with the other 70,000 people that were watching the game.
I cheered just like I would have with a crowd of friends around me because that's what you do at a football game.
Last year I don't know that I would have gone alone, and enjoyed it. I would have been thinking so much about what everyone else was thinking about me that I wouldn't have had fun.
So, what's the difference? I don't even know that I can put it into words. I just think that sometimes you have to go it alone. Sometimes you have to be okay with doing things because you want to do them. Cheering on your favorite team, in person and enjoying the sun beating down on you. Sometimes that's what it means to be authentic. Loving the game, and not caring about what people are thinking.