As a sports fan, December 5th 1998 will always be a memorable day. The University of Tennessee defeated Mississippi State University to win the SEC championship and get a shot to play in the national championship game.
I was fortunate enough to attend and it was an unbelievable football game. What was more unbelievable was what occurred after the game. I was with someone who did things. They did not ask permission to have fun and they assumed that they were allowed to do anything.
As the game ended we walked onto the field and into the locker rooms. Nobody asked us anything. As we walked into the Tennessee locker room I was able to meet Phillip Fulmer, Tee Martin, Peerless Price, Al Wilson, and many others. Eleven year old me was on top of the world.
To this day I can’t believe I was able to experience such an incredible moment. I know those types of things don’t just happen. You have to be fully engaged and looking to make experiences. I’m currently reading Bob Goff’s book, Love Does. Here is a short excerpt where he talks about living life fully engaged:
There is only one invitation it would kill me to refuse, yet I’m tempted to turn it down all the time. I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.
Live life to the fullest and be completely engaged. You never know what kind of experience you will have and you might enable an eleven year old to have the experience of a lifetime.