As a lifelong Blue Jays fan, this is a very exciting time for me. My boys have made it into the postseason for the first time since I was 10 years old. And tonight, in a crazy, epic game, they won Game 5 and are moving on to the ALCS series.
Not only has it been amazing as a fan to watch my team do so well, it has also been incredible to watch other fans, in Toronto and across Canada, get excited and cheer for the only Canadian Major League Baseball team. Yes, some are band wagoners who weren’t necessarily Jays fans before the postseason, but who cares?
Seats are selling out in Toronto, excitement fills the air, and people are coming together (as per the Jays postseason hashtag #cometogether) to cheer, support and celebrate this amazing time in Blue Jays baseball.
In the last few weeks, I have found myself starting conversations with strangers simply because they are wearing a Jays hat or shirt. It’s been an opportunity to meet and get to know new people that I immediately have something in common with – a love of the game and a love of the Jays.
As I’ve watched fans near and far rally around our Canadian team, keeping the faith even after two loses in the beginning of the postseason, and standing by as support and encouragement until the end of tonight’s unpredictable, insane win, it’s made me think beyond just baseball.
What if we, as human beings, did that for each other?
What if we rallied around each other in such an enthusiastic way to cheer on each individual and celebrate with them all of their successes?
Just think about it…
What if we put aside envy, anger, judgement and lack of interest, and instead cheered on our friends, family and strangers alike?
Most of us are lucky enough to have a good support system; people who are there to congratulate us on achievements and there to hold our hand after we fail. And this is amazing.
But I’m thinking much bigger here.
I’m thinking about being honestly, enthusiastically, undeniably thrilled for someone else’s accomplishments and successes. Without envy or protest or snide remarks.
Image if we could put aside our differences and our own desires, and just cheer for one another.
That’s a world I’d love to live in.
Image the outcome if we supported and encouraged each through good times and bad, rather than mocking or putting each other down.
My guess is that both success rates and confidence would sky rocket for many.
Right now, many people across Canada are coming together for a baseball team, a team that I love and will forever be a fan of. But what if we could also come together for each other? And not just nationwide, but worldwide.
Forget the judgement and criticism and ignorance.
Raise your arms and cheer for each other like you would your favourite sports team.