Feeling the win

I am not a huge baseball, nor really a sports fan in general. However, I can’t help but notice how Astro’s win, our home town team, has affected my work environment.

There’s just so much more joy in the air, people are happier and even sticking their neck out by wearing gold colored clothes in an otherwise bland dress culture. In fact, I just overheard a conversation where a person was pushing through work so that he can sneak out at noon to see the victory parade.

What gives? Do I not get it, because I don’t follow sports?

Isn’t it also interesting how this happened shortly after the biggest flood in the region’s history?

What makes it particularly peculiar, in my simple mind, is how the team did really badly when I first moved to Houston. In fact, one of the few times I went to see them play was for a work recognition event. The only thing I remember is how this was the game where Astros fought hard not to lose, because it would have been their 100th loss in the season … and unsurprisingly to just about all, they lost.

My theory is that we all are wired for adventure. Even though as Mark Twain says “the only person who likes change is a wet baby” we can’t help but celebrate the people that represent us, who actually do. By doing so, it helps us taste it. Tasting is great, but it’s not the same thing as having the whole meal in the arena.

What helps you feel like a winner? What would it take for you to take action to feel it more often?

P.S. Everything is back to normal this week. Like the win never happened. And the co-worker who went to see the victory parade? He told me it was fun, but it’s the last one he’ll ever go to.

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