Hey, some of you may recognize my name, as I used to post on here quite often. I'm entering my freshman year in college and I just wanted to say thank you to someone who I dont even know, yet someone who changed my life.
A little less then a year ago I discovered my first SB Nation site, Twinkie Town, the site for the Twins, the season had just ended for the Twins and I wanted a way to keep up with them throughout the winter, and lo and behold, I found Twinkie Town, the perfect Twins site. However, like most, I was a lurker at first and hadnt registered for an account right away.
After awhile, Football season was winding down and the Vikings made that miraculous mini winning streak at the end of the season led by All Day to make the playoffs, I couldnt remember a time in my life where I was more into the Vikings then those last couple of weeks, except maybe Farves first year. Anyway, after the football season ended, I had that same desire I had with the Twins to follow one of my favorite teams throughout the offseason and all its chaos. So, naturally enough, I found the SB Nation site for the Vikings, and loved it as much as Twinkie Town. Eventually, I decided it was time to take my fandom to a new level, and actually take part in the discusssions and add my input. Shortly after, I remember one casual conversation that influenced me more then I thought a website, or a stranger on the internet could.
(BTW, Im making this all sound very serious and stuff, but I dont get over a drug habit or depression or something inspirational like that, its just a little thing that happened, as youll see, but it was a big deal to me)
What do you want to be when you grow up? That is the classic question every kid gets asked. A MLB player sufficed as my answer until I was about 12, when I realized that was seriously out of the question. After that.... Pssssh, I never thought about it, it didnt matter, a simple I dont know was my new answer for several years after that until I was about 16-17, and we had a guest speaker in one of our classes at school, and he had us sit in a circle and go around and say what we wanted to do with our careers. EVERY SINGLE PERSON, all my friends in that class, all the smart kids, even all the people who would grow up to be bums had a good answer, about 90% of them had a specific job title in mind. Marine Biologist, Vet, Lawyer, whatever, the worst answer before mine even had some sort of idea, and I quote "Sumthin with sports.... I dont know, like.... Coaching, or training, or something." The speaker poked some fun at him and whatnot, but it was all good, he had a goal, ( thats what the speech was all about) and that was when I realized, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and its not like I was lazy, or stupid, Ive been a good student all my life, 3.5 GPA, 27 ACT, played High School Baseball, but I had no goals, no direction. So when the speaker got to me, my answer was " I dont know"... Dead silence, the speaker looked confused, someone said something like, " who says that?". But the speaker said it was all good, I didnt need to know yet, he talked some more, motivared me a little and asked the next person, who of course, wants to be a Doctor.
So, whats the point of all that? Later that night, I got home and went on the Daily Norseman to read about Mike Wallace vs Greg Jennings and of how Cordarrelle Patterson will be a bust and thank god he wont be available at 23. ( haha) Eventually, in the comments, a more casual conversation comes up. Someone was talking about how they were loving college, and how they loved their Major, Sports Management. Immediatley, I was intrigued. So I asked him, what kind of careers can you get into with that? He answered and we talked about it and I knew thats what I wanted to do. I still dont know my career path yet, but I am alot closer now, and have the next 4 years figured out fine. So, to wrap this up, Thank You. Thank you Daily Norseman, Thank you, Twinkie Town, and Thank you, whoever that was that talked to me about it, you seriously affected and changed my life for the better, I now have a plan, I now have a goal, and you may have saved me from a boring career, now I have 4 years to find out what to do with my life, an even bigger decision, but at least I know it will be in a field that I have a passion for.