I know that the Pittsburgh Penguins just lost the Stanley Cup to Detroit, but just wanted to post a quick, brief message congratulating them on their accomplishments and helping me rediscover some of my own passion for the game and sport in general. Their youthful energy, playfulness, and sense of naivety gives motivation for all of us to sometimes just immerse whole-heartily and trial by fire, trial by error, and laugh and learn along the way without fearing mistakes.
Remember in Game 1 when Marc-Andre Fleury, the goaltender, tripped upon entering the ice? His nervousness is emblematic of all our nervousness, but that it’s okay to laugh and know we all have fallen on the biggest of stages. And that it is the same game we’ve always played throughout our lives and to never forget the joys and reasons why we play in the first place.
I’ve provided links to two YouTube clips. First one is of Fleury falling. The second is a Sidney Crosby commercial, where he falls as a youngster. I just thought of these clips as I thought about the Pittsburgh team. (There’s a better Tim Horton’s commercial showing Sidney Crosby helping a minor hockey kid get up as he enters the ice, but I couldn’t find the clip anywhere)
We fall when we’re young, we fall when we’re older, we fall in the Stanley Cup, but we fall because we dare to play with emotions in the game of our lives! -Patrick Law
(Or just hover over link with mouse and click in pop up to see video within this post)
Below is another more close in angle of the Fleury fall.