“This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” Bull Durham, 1988
One of the best lines from any sports movie ever written. It would be nice if life were that simple. Don’t get me wrong it could be, but just like the movie we all seem to be the Ebby Calvin LaLoosh character rather than Crash Davis. We make it far more complex than it could be for a thousand different reasons.
I think a big reason we seem to make life complex is we are surrounded by experts. They have become unavoidable. Everywhere you turn there is some kind of expert telling you how to clean your pores, end embarrassing age spots, store stuff under the bed, pick the fantasy athletes for a sport, choose the “March Madness ®” brackets, seal leaks in your basement, choose a political ideology, or why this President, or the last one, is a worthless pile of dung.
Maybe it’s time to abandon the experts and just deal with the life you’ve been given, make it as good as possible, and at the end of the day see how it played out. Think about this before you leave.
“You're 5 foot nothin', 100 and nothin', and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football players in the land for 2 years. And you're gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself. And after what you've gone through, if you haven't done that by now, it ain't gonna never happen. Now go on back.” Rudy, 1993