Most people who know Josiah would agree with me that he is a pretty remarkable individual. I consider myself a decently clean person, but compared to Josiah my room was a MESS freshman year! I was fortunate enough to get a roommate who was not only incredibly clean and responsible, but one that was also incredibly Christ-like. Honestly, at times I wasn’t sure if he was even human!
Then it happened – the moment when I discovered the humanity of my friend… FOOSBALL!
Josiah and Matt would play foosball just about every day. Each of them was pretty good. I would say they were equals at the competitive, near-Olympic sport. But for some reason Matt won almost every time…
and it made Josiah FURIOUS!
Matt had a way of getting into Josiah’s head. Once Matt psyched Josiah out, it was hard for Josiah to recover. So I would walk out into the lobby and see them playing. Matt would be down two to eight and come back with an incredible victory! This is when I knew Josiah was human! He could be defeated! And he could get frustrated! (If you’re reading this Josiah, I love you)
“Call me Ishmael,” is how this blog should start, because it is a story of an impossible catch.
It is obsessing about something and getting psyched out over it… over and over and over again.
As the driving instructor was getting out of the car, I told her that this thing was my White Whale. It is funny that I have a Bachelors Degree and graduated college Cum Laude, but until today I couldn’t legally drive on my own… I didn’t have a driver’s license (I guess I saved a lot of money???).
In high school I didn’t get my license because I wanted to wait until I was 18, so I didn’t have to pay for driver’s ed. (required by law in Ohio for minors). In college, I just ended up getting too busy with studies and extra-curricular activities. But then everyone made it seem like it was so bizarre I didn’t drive. Their obsession psyched me out. Even though the maneuverability portion of the Ohio test isn’t that hard, I viewed it as an unclimbable mountain lurking in the distance of my adulthood.
But sometimes we have to press on regardless of what we think we see ahead of us. We have to keep trying even though we keep losing at a stupid game, with a stupid ball, played with stupid little soccer men. Sometimes what we think is different than reality.
We need to ignore our emotions and remember the truth despite what we think or what others may say. Sometimes we need to get out of our heads and just do it.
I started the New Year by getting my drivers license…
After I graduated high school,
After I graduated college,
And after I got over myself.