Take me back 15 years ago. I think if there was anyone whom I would have switched lives with, it would have been Junior Seau. He was at the top of his game in football and seemingly, in life. He played the coolest position in football and he was the best at it. Junior loved the game and it showed. He had fun. Men rallied around him. He made massive amounts of money for playing a game most of us would gladly play for free.
Junior was still playing as of January 2010. Just over two years ago. This week Junior Seau quite unexpectedly committed suicide. He has been on my mind a good bit these past few days.
Thinking about Junior Seau as of one week ago, he still appeared to have it all. At 43 years old, he was still young enough to do everything you would want to in life, save play professional football. He had more than enough money to live comfortably for the remainder of his life. Junior was a hero in his communities of both San Diego (where he grew up and played) and within the Samoan-Americans. He had a family that loved him and a stellar name that would follow him for the rest of his life. A week ago today, you would have thought that Junior was set up well to live a tremendous life for the next 40 years.
It is impossible to ever make sense of a tragedy of this level, so I will not try to here. However, I do think there are principles that you can draw upon from this horrible event.
First, you never know what is going on inside the minds and hearts of other people. We all have our secrete lives. We all have our thoughts that we would be ashamed of if someone else knew [Read more…]