I'll admit, I am not the biggest fan of hockey in the regular season. I find it to be slow and I tend to get frustrated knowing that the worst guys are making $700,000 a year. I go to the games because I like it when the community comes together and I also like the beer ;)
There are 2 hockey games that I love - the final game of the Stanley Cup final and the one for Olympic Gold. I love the do or die attitude. I love that everything is on the line. I love that every person feels the pressure and sense of urgency that comes when you only have one shot.
Players skate faster, goalies focus harder, fans cheer louder - every sense is heightened to the peak. Although every second in life is indeed precious, during these moments of truth we really start to notice the remarkable difference a second can make.
The video below really resonated with me. It makes me feel alive. It makes me want to be in a position where greatness is on the line.
WARNING: LANGUAGE ALERT
I wonder who will rise to occasion tonight? Who will go the extra inch? Who will push their limit a little more than the other? Who will skate harder? Who will narrow their focus more? Who's fans will cheer louder?
Like I said before, I am not a big fan of hockey. I am, however, a HUGE fan of seeing people rise to their ultimate potential and push themselves an inch past what they thought their limit was.