The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.
—Tales of the Heike (平家の物語)
Seattle has been excited lately for another chance to win the Super Bowl. We won last year, the first (American) football championship for Seattle, and the first championship since 1979 when our basketball team won.1 During the week before the Super Bowl, my daughter’s school had fun activities for the kids, including a parade around the school. Grocery stores were full of people buying food and snacks before Sunday. We watched the game at a friend’s house, and everyone was dressed in Seahawks shirts.
Unfortunately, although we came very close to winning, we failed.
We were all pretty upset. My daughter, who is 8 years old, even cried a little bit. No fireworks tonight, either. Seattle was very quiet.
Of course, we all felt bitter. But then I thought about it: sooner or later, this would happen. We might win the next 5 Super Bowls, but then we’d lose sooner or later.
The Seahawks can’t win all the time. Sure, we wan’t them to win, but it’s just not possible.
Sooner or later, the proud will fall. Sometimes they fade away, sometimes they fall hard (like they did tonight). But that’s just the way life goes.
But the good news is that life goes on. It won’t be the way you wan’t it to be, but it goes on and it’s not all bad.
So, here’s to the Seahawks, and to the 2015 season, and many seasons thereafter. 🙂
1 Go Supersonics!