Monday, March 3, 2014

Paper Tigers



This original song is inspired by a quote from Amelia Earhart:
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."

"Paper Tigers"
By Steven Thorn © 2013

Are you sitting bored at home?
Are you staring at the wall?
Will you waste your time?
Until there's nothing left all?

The time is short
Are you doing what you want to?
And if you're not
When will you?

The fears are paper tigers
The doers are deciders
It may be now or never
You're not alive forever

Are you waiting for the gun?
For your life to begin?
Will you let your fears
Choke the moment that you're in?

The time is short
Are you doing what you want to?
And if you're not
When will you?

The fears are paper tigers
The doers are deciders
It may be now or never
You're not alive forever

Between the two dates
You live in the dash
The future is now
The present will pass

The fears are paper tigers
The doers are deciders
It may be now or never
You're not alive forever

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The photo is a public domain image.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos, and Super Bowl XLVIII

Before this football season started, I wrote that Broncos fans demanded a Super Bowl win. I didn't care about the regular season, I just wanted to be where I am right now; waiting for a Super Bowl Sunday featuring Peyton Manning's #1 offense against the #1 defense in the NFL.

But then the season started, and I really enjoyed it.

My friend Noah and I kicked it off watching the Broncos dismantle the Ravens, and then we saw a historic, record-breaking season from one of the best players to ever touch a football: Peyton Manning. I got to watch games with my dad back home, and I even attended a home game against the San Diego Chargers with my brother and sister-in-law after a friend suggested that I grab a Broncos game this season to see one of my all-time favorite quarterbacks in person. (That ended up being Manning's worse game of the season, which made my Broncos attendance 0 wins and 3 losses, but I still saw one of his TD passes.)

There are more important things in life than football, and life will go on whether the Broncos win or lose, but this has been a special season, and this will be a special game.

As Graziano wrote on ESPN.com, "Watching Manning play quarterback is a joy and a privilege." Super Bowl XLVIII might be Manning's last time to play the game. If it is, I've enjoyed watching his career. (And I'm so glad he's winning games for Denver instead of knocking them out of the playoffs again and again.)
I hope the Broncos win the Super Bowl, and I hope Peyton Manning can ride off into the sunset just like John Elway did in 1998. It would be the storybook ending for a legendary player whose career was almost ended by 4 neck surgeries two seasons ago.

The ending is an important part of the story, but the rest of the story has been there to enjoy. Winning the Super Bowl is the greatest accomplishment for any football player, but as Brett Favre pointed out after the Green Bay Packer's 1996 Super Bowl win, "it's about the journey." You experience the season's ups and downs with your teammates and your fans, and you PLAY a GAME.

I hope the Denver Broncos play their best game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks on February 2, 2014. We get to face the #1 defense. We ask for nothing less than the chance to play and beat the best.

The Broncos are all about finishing well.
Finishing is what Champ Bailey wants to do after 15 seasons.
Finishing is what Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton wants to do.
Finishing is what Peyton Manning, one of the greatest and most humble quarterbacks in NFL history, wants to do on Super Bowl Sunday.