How many times have you felt the grind of winter? That “blah” feeling that happens during these gloomy months? It is sometimes referred to as Season Affective Disorder or SAD. Fits- right? We need the light from the sun to shine for us to be motivated to do what we have to do. This disorder is poignant to each of us in some small way. We have all faced these “down” times and persevered. Most of us are seasoned adults. We have learned how to adapt to life’s cold lemons. We made frozen lemonade (or whatever you like to make in the blender). We have found our sun from somewhere. We have trained ourselves to make it through our personal winters and welcome the spring. How many cliches to do need to throw at you people to see where I am going with this one?
The freshmen on UK’s team this year (and every year, actually) are learning to become adults on the biggest stage of their lives. Their every weakness spotted. Their every flaw highlighted. Contrary to popular belief, they’re not as mature as their bodies may suggest.
Right now, they are struggling. You don’t have to be a Mensa member to see that. Their suns are being blocked right now. May it be due to personal obstacles, family, media, or you crazy BBN fans? I don’t know. I do know that, we, as Big Blue Nation, need to remember that when we are criticizing these young men, they are facing the most difficult challenges of their young lives. They could use some support and encouragement. Yes, sometimes it takes being knocked down to get back up swinging, but sometimes it doesn’t. Each team is different. Each player is different.
TRUST the process. Trust that Coach Cal has the team’s best interests in mind- player’s first- and that he will SUCCEED AND PROCEED with this team.
Sometimes you have to grind to make the sun shine. Here it comes. Here it comes. It’ll be alright.