Well, I’m back. And as much as I miss home, I’m also grateful to have this opportunity to start again back down at college. And my roommates have been invaluable in helping me make this apartment really feel like a home. And as I really pondered what I felt about today–the excitement, the nervousness, the slight reluctance–I decided what I really needed today was a bit of perspective: to see things in a positive light, to the silver lining shine through, and to find new ways to think of a situation I can’t change. Of course the best perspective is an eternal one, but I figured this song was the next best thing.

I’m not normally a Kenny Rogers fan–and I’m not even after hearing the song itself–but I loved the lyrics to this so much they needed to be shared with today’s motivation.

The Greatest, Kenny Rogers

Little Boy, in a baseball hat
Stands in the field with his ball and bat
Says I am the greatest player of them all
Puts his bat on his shoulder and he tosses up his ball

And the ball goes up and the ball comes down
Swings his bat all the way around
The world’s so still you can hear the sound
The baseball falls to the ground

Now the little boy doesn’t say a word
Picks up his ball, he is undeterred
Says I am the greatest there has ever been
And he grits his teeth and he tries it again

And the ball goes up and the ball comes down
Swings his bat all the way around
The world’s so still you can hear the sound
The baseball falls to the ground

He makes no excuses, He shows no fears
He just closes his eyes and listens to the cheers

Little boy, in a baseball hat
Picks up his ball, stares at his bat
Says I am the greatest the game is on the line
And he gives his all one last time

And the ball goes up like the moon so bright
Swings his bat with all his might
And the world’s so still as still can be
And the baseball falls, and that’s strike three

Now it’s supper time and his mama calls
Little boy starts home with his bat and ball
Says I am the greatest that is a fact
But even I didn’t know I could pitch like that

He says I am the greatest that is understood
But even I didn’t know I could pitch that good.

 

 

 

 

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