I know when you click this link, you’re going to say, “Oh, FFS. This is about a kid that I don’t know playing hockey in Texas. tl;dr – Boooorrring.”
However, I want you to try and read the entire thing. If not, then go halfway down where Bill talks about his son playing against the Loredo team. From there, it’s totally uplifting (even though it’s also very sad to read about his son’s injury). By the end, you’re feeling good, because if a kid can recover like this – mentally and physically after being so crushed – the rest of us should be able to recover.
I know we all get tied up in our little worlds of political discourse and video games and “omg work sux.” We’re virtually bombarded by disappointing crap and morons every single day. We’re also stressed out about money and social life in general. Most of the time, the world is depressing. This kid – Eli – is a good representation of how we should all really be in the end. We whine way too much sometimes, and sometimes, we just need a good story to bring us back to our center. It’s also about teamwork, kindness, enthusiasm and hope. Bill tells great stories, but this one is the most encouraging things I’ve read on the Interwebz in a long time.
It also gives us parents hope that our kids will maintain this same enthusiasm and hope for their future.
NOTE: From what I can tell after two years of reading, Bill adopted Eli, so in a way, this is a doubly feel-good story. This guy really loves his kid, and his kid is a really good person.