I would not feel right to not write about the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship last night and its about the only thing that had me up way past my bedtime these last few weeks.
It was fun watching them, a very family event. Last night my wife went up to my sons room and woke him up so he could watch the last six minutes, so as he puts it, ‘he won’t miss history’.
What an unbelievable achievement for something that was not supposed to happen.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a huge basketball fan and I follow mostly from a distance giving my attention to hockey and soccer. Ok there is also a little sport called zuzel, Speedway in English, where men get on motorbikes with no brakes and race each other on a dirt track. Yes, I know, the whole no brakes thing sounds a little funny, but I make no apologies for what I love.
The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions and that proves that anything is possible. It makes me excited for the possibilities that are there for each of us in our lives. Last year and the year before, the Raptors were a nice team, but a team that was not good enough to compete deep into the playoffs. Fast forward twelve months. What you see is a trade that sent the Raptor’s best player away, the firing of a coach who won coach of the year, a risky acquisition of injured superstar who hadn’t played for a year and had no interest in playing for Toronto. That is what was happening twelve months ago, and last night a championship.
It is not a straight road to victory. Our lives resemble a crooked path, and this very special sports story to anyone that follows this team is a reminder to not over think things, but to just go to work on your dreams. Get to work and don’t stop working. Take risks. Take your lumps and celebrate your victories.
Each one of us has the heart of a champion, we just need to learn to roar like a lion, get over ourselves and achieve what we are meant to achieve. We have to do this because the people that mean everything to us are watching and we want them to embrace a heart of a champion too.
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