It Ain’t Over ’til it’s Over.

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

~ Yogi Berra

Two weeks ago I stayed up late to watch the Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship and trip to the SuperBowl.  It was a commitment for me because the game started at 9:30 PM (I live in Germany) and I have to get up to get the kids off to school and take on my day at 0600, so staying up late (past midnight on a Sunday) is no joke for me!  Even though they were playing on our home turf (Century Link Field), the Seahawks couldn’t pull their proverbial sh*t together, and the score was 16-0 at the half.  Ugh.  It didn’t look good.  My husband asked if I wanted to go to bed; I replied, no, a lot can happen in a short time in football.  Compound not feeling very hopeful, being really tired (and not looking forward to dealing with kids in a few short hours) with taunting by local Packers fans on Facebook, my outlook was becoming a bit bleak.  During the third quarter, a Packer fan friend said she’d make sure to invite us to their SuperBowl party, but I still wasn’t ready to concede.  “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” I told her.  And it wasn’t.

I still have no idea how they did it, how the Seahawks came back in the second half, and then in overtime, to win the game and secure their spot in the SuperBowl for the second year in a row.  But the point is is that they DID do it–no one gave up, the players persisted, the quarterback remained ever hopeful, even positive in the face of near-certain defeat.

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

I like to say, and truly believe, that there’s only one finish line and, until then, life is full of possibility.  It can be easy to get sucked into believing that the opportunity has passed you by, that you’re too old, too out of shape, too short on time, too long on responsibilities…that it’s just too late.

But where is it written that after a certain age or point in life that you should roll over an play dead?  That your time for chasing dreams and reaching goals is over?  That there is an expiration date on dreams, on improving one’s health, fitness, self-concept, quality of life?

I don’t know what I thought 40 would look and feel like when I was 20, or even 30, but I’m finding it a time full of vitality, opportunity, a time to push aside preconceived limits and keep reaching for the brass ring–and I bet 50 is as well, as is 60, and 70….

Take Harriet Thompson, the 91 year-old marathon finisher who ran her first marathon at age 76.

Or Ernestine Shepard, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, now 78 years old.

Or Willie Murphy, a 77 year-old power lifter.

I don’t know about you, but they inspire me, and give me faith, rather than fear, in the future, make me think that the possibilities before me are endless, not ending.

“Age is no barrier.  It’s a limitation you put on your own mind.”

~Jackie Joyner-Kersee

It it takes courage to change, courage to take chances, courage to look foolish, and it’s courage that’s necessary challenge the thoughts that might hinder us from starting again, from doing the hard work we need to change and live our fullest lives.  And the effort it takes to find that courage, to take those chances?  It’s absolutely worth it.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s own courage.”

~ Anais Nin

So tonight the Seahawks play the Patriots in the SuperBowl, and I have no idea how it will turn out.  What I do know is that I’ll be watching, hopeful, until very minute of the game is played, the game clock hits zero.  Because you just never know what might happen in the fourth quarter…and it ain’t over ’till it’s over.

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