Reality has to intervene.
You’re not destined for the NHL
Or the corps de ballet
Your voice will not sell
A million records.
Simon sends you packing.
Reality can suck.
But if playing hockey
Brings you happiness
Why stop just because you’ll never hoist the Stanley Cup?
Dance like nobody’s watching
Sing until you’re smiling.
Don’t let reality rob you of the joy
Of the activity itself.
The rush of a beautiful pass and goal.
The beauty of a perfectly formed pirouette.
The harmony than hums in your ear.
Celebrate those moments for ten thousand hours.
They say ten thousand hours yields excellence.
Perhaps you’ll need twenty.
Embrace the joy.
Share in a community of like minds.
Perhaps after forty thousand hours
Your reality will change
And if it doesn’t,
At least you’ll nurture your soul.
Success has many faces.
THAT’S more like it! June 17, 2011
Tags: Canucks, clean up, fans, postaday2011, riot, Stanley Cup, Vancouver
Only hours after the riot in Vancouver, the citizens stood up to declare that they did not approve. The rioters were not disappointed fans, as some are saying on the news reports that have spread around the world. They were folks who deliberately wanted to cause trouble. They came prepared for chaos, and they incited it. They no more represent the Canuck fans, than soccer hooligans represent theirs. The regular citizens were as disgusted as the rest of the world, and they were mortified about the negative image that was represented by the obnoxious participants.
Those regular citizens showed up by the thousands this morning to help clean up. They created a wall of messages declaring their feelings about the rioters and their embarrassment and their pride in the city.
This is the real Vancouver:
I wonder how many police corps could have dispersed so many people as calmly and with as little injury as the Vancouver Police and the RCMP did last night. True, there was significant property damage, but there was very little personal injury. The police kept their cool while being provoked, insulted and attacked. I was totally impressed with them.
The rioters may have given the city a black eye, but the citizens have pulled together to show the true spirit of Vancouver. Be proud people.
PS. Here’s the story from the Canucks point of view: