Although country music may not be the best pump-you-up lockerroom music, there is something about a great country song that can inspire you. As I was in the midst of our Saturday morning routine today, I had country music on in the background and Boondocks came on by Little Big Town. Great song and a great reminder to us all about remembering our roots. As I listened to the chorus, I thought about the places growing up and what those experiences taught me.
I couldn’t help but think about hockey. About the many times I’ve hauled my equipment from the parking lot through the doors of the rink. About how the unique smell of a hockey rink hits you when you walk in. About how you know the intricacies of each lockerroom…the best spot to sit to avoid getting stray tape balls landing in your bag, the shower head that gives the perfect amount of water pressure, the drinking fountains that have the coldest water.
Within the walls of a hockey rink, I’ve experienced a wide gamut of emotions from sheer joy and excitement to deep anger and frustration. I’ve shared many laughs. I’ve shed many tears. I’ve discovered aspects about my character that wouldn’t have come through in many other environments. I’ve developed character that wouldn’t have otherwise been developed.
I had many environments growing up that shaped who I am today, but my 'boondocks' is very much the hockey rink. As the song states, ‘You can take it or leave it, this is me. This is who I am.’ In a couple hours, my family and I will head to the little league field for my son’s game. For some the little league field feels like home. For me, it’s the hockey rink…that’s home to me.
The chorus of Boondocks says,
“It's where I learned about living
It's where I learned about love
It's where I learned about working hard”
Although it doesn’t fit into a song, I would say…
It’s where I learned about being responsible and committed
It’s where I learned about getting along with people whether you like them or not
It’s where I learned about striving to be the best you can be
What would you add?
It’s where I learned about…