The 2018 Dodgers: A New Beginning
The 2017 version of our beloved Los Angeles Dodgers will forever be regarded among loyal fans as one of the best, if not the very best, teams we will see in our lifetimes. Because of that, there is no question that even though the season ended in heartbreak, they were very, very good. Well-rounded, deep, entertaining, resilient, human and thrilling.
But they are no more, and so we must hold our memories right, say goodbye and move on. To the unknown, and look forward to more memories to come.
Like many adults who have made a mistake or two in our lives, I’ve learned a lot of hard lessons in my 46 years. But saying goodbye had never been a strong skill of mine. I’ve held onto relationships and ideals longer than I probably should have, too often holding up hope for outcomes that never materialized.
That changed over the last year as I learned to let previous emotional baggage in my personal life go, say goodbye to the past, and move on gracefully.
The time has also come to end the mourning period for the 2017 World Series loss, appreciate the incredible run the team had, and look ahead.
“Don’t look back – you’re not going that way.” – Unknown
After losing my longtime employment in September, I start a new job on Monday. My first “first day” in almost 10 years, in a place where I know two people: a longtime friend who referred me, and the HR guy who hired me. It is both thrilling and a little scary at the same time. New people, new challenges, new possibilities. Similar to the new, still forming version of the 2018 Dodgers. Change is inevitable in life, so why not embrace and accept it? I suggest you give it a try – your future self will thank you.
I look back to both the 2017 Dodgers team as well as my many years with my previous employer and appreciate the days with the friends I made, as well as the many memories, trials, and tribulations, and say thank you, and farewell.
On to the future, Dodgers fans – new days await us all!