I’ve always loved the US college basketball March Madness tournament. Everything is left on the court and the players’ hearts and souls are on display for all to see. They are playing for free. Showing the world what they can do. Making dreams come true.
There are always upsets. Cinderella stories. But never in the history of the tournament, which was founded in 1939, has a 16th seed team beaten a 1st seed team in the first round. Until this year.
The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) won the game against the University of Virginia. By twenty points.
How incredible. Not only did the underdog win, they crushed the score.
Any given Sunday. Anything is possible. Don’t look at the other lane, just swim in your own. Those players played their game, their way. And they ended up beating a team that had much better statistics in the regular season.
As my own kids prepare to compete at the World Irish Dance Championships next week, I remind them what dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov said, “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”
Because if your goal is to dance better today than yesterday, you will always win in the game of life.
Here’s to dancing like no one is watching.