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  • Good morning, Hank, it's Tuesday

  • I had a great weekend

  • In fact, I'm probably experiencing peak happiness right now

  • So listen, I don't believe in listening to my gut

  • I find my gut to be unreliable on many levels

  • Sorry about my voice by the way

  • I've been screaming for four days

  • But yeah, when you live with an illness of disordered thinking as I do

  • you have to learn not to trust your intuition

  • because it's constantly lying to you

  • To cite a minor example from my own life, my intuition tells me many times a day that I did not lock the car door

  • when in fact, I always lock the car door.

  • I bring this up, because on Saturday morning my unreliable gut told me that

  • in order for the soccer team I've loved for most of my life to win the Champion's League

  • I needed to give away one of my most prized possessions

  • a jersey signed by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

  • Now this is the part of the video where I tell you that of course I understand that giving away a signed jersey

  • is not going to effect the outcome of a sporting event that's happening thousands of miles away

  • But no, no I don't understand that. I mean I get it intellectually, I guess

  • But one, like a lot of humans I'm incurably superstitious and two

  • who am I to say why we won the Champion's League?

  • But I think something else may have also been going on

  • which is that lately I've been thinking a lot about the verb to treasure

  • And how valuing something can sometimes lead to hoarding it

  • when what would help the universe most might be to share what you value

  • rather than clinging to it.

  • Like that jersey had brought me a lot of joy

  • and maybe it was time for it to bring someone else joy

  • Right, so I was in New York City for Bookcon that day

  • I walked into a soccer bar, found a guy sitting alone wearing a Liverpool shirt

  • who appeared to be approximately a size L

  • and I told him that I'd had a premonition that I needed to give away this signed jersey

  • and I gave it to him.

  • He was a nice guy with a PhD in I think something science-y.

  • He didn't know who I was, but he was very excited about the jersey.

  • So we chatted for a bit, took a picture together, and then I left.

  • He told me his name but I don't remember it.

  • I'm not going to show his face, because I don't know if he wants his face shown,

  • but if anybody happens to know this guy, I'd love to know how his day went.

  • Due primarily to me giving away this jersey

  • and secondarily to the exploits of the players on the field

  • Liverpool won the game 2-0

  • I was actually backstage at Bookcon during the last couple minutes of the game

  • and Kristine Froseth who plays Alaska in the Looking for Alaska Hulu show got this video

  • of me very nervous and excited.

  • After the game Akilah Hughes and I went to a Liverpool bar in the neighborhood

  • and sang our hearts out and everyone was hugging everyone

  • At one point in the evening I was hugging a stranger, which is not something I do in the normal course of daily events

  • and I noticed that he was crying

  • He was heaving sobs and I didn't understand why he was crying

  • Until I found that I was also crying

  • and then I knew why.

  • Sports are about winning and losing, heartbreak and joy, grief and celebration

  • They provide simple narratives when life only provides complicated ones

  • But more than that, I think they are about celebrating together, and grieving together

  • and being together.

  • Sports remind us that what we have is not as important as what we share

  • And that we are never truly alone, not in loss and not in victory

  • At the end of every game Liverpool fans sing a song that ends

  • "walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone"

  • My wish is that each of us might always know that truth as profoundly as I did on Saturday night.

  • Whether you love football or not

  • you'll never walk alone

  • Hank, I'll see you on Friday

Good morning, Hank, it's Tuesday

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/30
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