We are oftentimes misguided into a false sense of reality by our experience. That’s right. Bold, I know! But I say this in confidence. I’m living proof.
I’m currently reading “MoneyBall”, by Michael Lewis. I’ve seen the movie featuring Brad Pitt (one of my favourites!) countless times, and I’ve been meaning to read the book for as long as I can remember. I bring this up, because it was in one of the early chapters I was reading last night where I found this declaration of classic baseball folk to select (often, poorly) talent based on what they had gone through either by means of their playing career or their experience in front office. When Billy Beane came up through the ranks and became the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, he grew sick and tired of losing games based on the fact that his club couldn’t afford to keep the players that traditionally won championships. So instead of playing the game, he changed the way the game played. He redesigned the way the league approached scouting and fielding a ball club. Beane along with his assistant GM, founded a super interesting theory characterized by equal parts players statistics to human psychology.
The traditionalists of baseball believe less in hard facts like statistics and more in soft qualities of players; intangibles really. How tall the player was… Foot speed. Oftentimes referring to the fasters runners as those that had “wheels”, and guys with great throwing arms as a “good hose”. Comparable code you’d expect from a mechanic that was fixing up a nice classic late 50’s ‘Vette… (like my dad’s..)
Beane threw that archaic methodology out the window. Go read the book, or at least watch the movie. I won’t spoil the rest. It’s one of my favourites though.
What’s this got to do with past and future you may ask…?
I’m currently on the road living a dream. I’m playing drums in an original roots rock crossover project called Midnight Shine. Growing up in a half German (thanks mama Schwartz, maiden name Berndt… full 100% German) half Metis (my fathers heritage); Great Grandma Laporte, a strong Ojibwa indigenous identity was introduced to me from a very young age. I remember powerful totemism in the home. The Eagle, the Thunderbird and sacred dream catchers were all over the house. Land was sacred, stories were significant and I truly embraced it all when I was younger. I loved learning about how my ancestors on both sides of my family lived.
To put it simply, my history lined up my future. It’s no coincidence that Die Mannschaft played – and won – a critical game in the FIFA World Cup on my Father’s 66th birthday, June 23, 2018 (props, pops! Happy day). The same day as my performance debut with Midnight Shine, one of Canada’s up and coming indigenous musical acts. On national TV, for the world to see, as part of Indigenous Day Live in Winnipeg, Manitoba at The Forks.
Oftentimes we blur what we think is reality. When what we think should happen doesn’t, it’s up to us on how to handle our reaction. As Wes Knight would say, it doesn’t matter if you get knocked down 9 times… as long as you get up 10.
There’s a reason all those other paths didn’t work for you. You wouldn’t be on the road you are now without them leading you there. Keep driving through the night.