Justify what I've become
Sanctify what I've become
LAMB OF GOD "WHAT I'VE BECOME"
Now that all the boring statistical analysis is out of the way, there is actually nothing for anyone to learn from my previous two blogs on sports-related information. Expert of Some is just very good at gathering statistical information, doing research, and collecting this information into a project or blog. Talking about batting averages, league records, and sports history tingles an itch inside my body that has existed since my childhood years. I can remember Eric Dickerson rushing for 2105 yards (An NFL record) for my Los Angeles Rams in 1985 like it happened a few months back. Not to get too philosophical with this blog but maybe because of my advancing age or my constant need to learn new and exciting things, my interest in sports has waned considerably over the past decade. I believe there are two primary reasons for this.
First, as your life evolves and the complications of a family and those increased responsibilities begin to become the priority, many of the things you once deemed important as a youth begin to have less relevance as you age. Looking back on my teenage and college years specifically, I took a lot of comfort in things like the film industry, sports, and cultural attractions. These things still mean a lot to me. But my need to go to a sporting event, the latest premiere of a new comic book movie, or a rock concert have receded in importance. As a 47-year-old man, I got to experience SO MUCH of these events in my younger years. You can knock out a good portion of your bucket list before the final bill comes due and your body begins its inevitable decline. But watching the latest, hip movie, experiencing a brand new billion-dollar stadium, or buying the most popular recent music album no longer means anything to me. That need for cultural fulfillment has been satisfied and my mind is craving new and different opportunities for the future.
Second, as my previous blog stated, almost all my goals have been accomplished as a sports fan. Once the pinnacle has been reached, that feeling of happiness that you have been craving for decades has finally been accomplished. Similar to my college years when I experimented with a few drugs just to see how it felt, once you achieve the euphoria of that “high” or “being buzzed” on liquor, the experience really does not change much when repeated. It is the same “high” or “buzzed” feeling every time. This is why I never became an addict with anything (Including sex. Once you have one perfect experience with a partner, how often is that going to be repeated?) This is my problem with culture. How do you maintain the motivation (Other than financial) to make another movie when you already made a Best Picture film? Do I really care if my Los Angeles Rams repeat in 2022? Does it matter? The journey to the top is a fascinating and interesting one. But my motivation to be a hardcore Los Angeles Rams fan is fading away. Because finally received the satisfaction I have been craving for over 40 years is just another checkmark off my personal bucket list. Now that all my sports teams (Minus the Padres) have reached the apex of the mountain, in the elusive words of Oingo Boingo, why should I care anymore?
So what exactly are you trying to tell us Expert of Some? Basically, the things that once made me the entertaining, semi-knowledgeable idiot that everyone has come to love has changed. Instead of watching sports on television. I am much more interested in reading educational research (Mostly 20th Century since the 21st Century research is mostly trash). Instead of reading about technology and becoming advanced on the Linux command line, I would rather take an ATV and drive on some sand dunes. Why watch a movie when I can camp and go on some beautiful five-mile mountain hikes? There may also come a time in my life where all of these new interests no longer matter to me. But until that day, this is the man I am starting to become. Give me a mid-20th Century science fiction book over the latest, overrated video game. Would you like to come along with me on this new journey? Feel free to let me know.
EXPERT OF SOME