So I'm scrolling through the news site on the Web today as I go about trying to decide what my blog topic is going to be. Sadly, I was seeing a great deal of news about the London terrorist attacks, the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and even an article on how 5 people were killed and 19 wounded in shootings here in Chicago - THIS WEEKEND! Overall, just really rotten stuff! Nothing really great to talk about or reflect on recently. Yeah, Wonder Woman appears to be a hit at the box office, Albert Pujols of the L.A. Angels went yard for the 600th time, and pitcher Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins threw a no-no and dedicated the game to the late Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura - both good friends who each lost their lives over the weekend.
I would ask you to take a moment to watch this brief clip of the final pitch leading up to Volquez' no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For most people, it's probably no big deal and doesn't evoke any emotions or anything like that. However, for people like me who have special memories of Fast Eddie when he pitched for the Kansas City Royals, I was quite moved by the moment. I'm very happy for Eddie and I'm so glad that he's found a place in the history books, then was gracious enough to dedicate it to his belated friends.
And so a blog topic is born - what is it that brings out the softer side in you? For some, it's the sight of an innocent young child, a puppy, a bouquet of flowers, a sad movie, or something else that might be uniquely touching. Everyone - even the toughest, strongest, and emotionally devoid person - can be softened up, or even brought to tears by something in the world. No man (or woman) is without a sense of caring and love.
As for myself, I'm well known as someone who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and isn't afraid to show those emotions at any time. I say that because I'm very comfortable in my skin, and I really don't care what others think of or about me. It allows me the ability to be myself, and I take great pride in that. I've got no problem with crying during a movie, or in public if I'm driven to that point.
So what will drive me to that point? Well, frankly, many things will do that to me. However, over the course of time and with experience I've grown to have thicker skin. I can tolerate a whole lot more than what I used to. Today, my softer side comes out whenever family-related matters surface, rather they be in reality or on film (but not reality TV, haha!) Anytime, anywhere, any place where I see a story or moment where family members are reunited after long periods of absence, or even personal disagreement, will trigger something in me that will make me lose it inside.
Military family reunions, if they are genuine, subtle, and involve moms or children, will make me lose it. Sadly, these types of events are so common anymore, as seen on YouTube, that it's relatively easy to see when a potential reunion is coming and it's being glamorized for effect. Those acts actually work completely the opposite on me, turning me off, and maybe even agitating me because I feel they are patronizing me and taking advantage of a precious opportunity to benefit financially from it.
Also, family members reuniting, such as brothers or sisters who haven't seen each other in years - or maybe never - seem to get the best of me. I guess I'm drawing back on my own rare family experiences as well when I see those things happen. They get me all mushy like a bowl of soggy corn flakes!
So what's yours? Please leave your comments below. I'd love to hear from you! The sight of a bunch of blog followers might soften me up as well. :-)