It was my freshman year of high school. I don’t recall why I was in the halls so late that day but there I was. A friend from soccer saw me and asked me if I would play for the chess team in ten minutes. One of their players was sick and they needed someone. It was also the end of their season, so they were having a pizza party afterward. My father had taught me enough about chess that I knew how the pieces moved and how to win/lose the game. I agreed to play with the expectation being set that I was not very good.
My opponent didn’t know anything about my prior experience or lack thereof. He was an intellectual type that gave thought to each of his moves and the meaning behind mine. The truth was that my moves were haphazard at best and I was almost impatient with how long it took for him to beat me. I was there for the pizza more than the chess. In the end I did lose relatively quickly and easily because I put almost nothing into the game.
Over the years I’ve become a better chess player but I’m still nothing to write home about. The reason why I bring up this memory is that it is representative of how many people go through life. They are focused on specific things and take little notice of much else. They give up on things that could be important if they just took time to notice. Their focus on the least common denominator blinds them to the upper limits of what life has to offer.
This is probably not you. You’re probably reaching for the heights of what you can be: physically, mentally and emotionally. We can’t live at our best every single moment but to settle for the minimum offered seems absurd. I’m not just here for the pizza anymore!
Go get it! (whatever ‘it’ is for you)