When you hear the term, “March Madness” usually people think of the tournaments, basketball, band battles and buzzer beaters. I went to Morgan State University which is affiliated with the Middle Eastern Athletic Conference(MEAC). In addition to the NCAA conference there are other tournaments that happen around or before march like the Center Intercollegiate Athletic Association(CIAA). If you ask me they’re all fun and all something you should not experience. So when I think of the madness of march, I think of those unsupervised days of road tripping to a college to cheer for my school team, mascot fights, and of course “Aiiiiirrr Baaaaallll”. I think of meeting new friends from other colleges, arguing over gas money, sneaking into the female dorms and the parties OMG the parties!
If you ask anyone that attended and graduated college they will say attending college was the funnest time of their lives. For those that didn’t graduate, you may get a slightly different answer, maybe they went too far being unsupervised.
I was in school full time, about twenty something and slowly marching towards manhood with responsibilities involving; credit awareness, young women, buying dress clothes for work, time management, tuition and all those things that accompany being a man. It sounds intimidation but college is that next, possibly, final step to becoming a man or woman. College is that last testing ground during adulthood.
Please understand the possibilities that present themselves during or right after college; you could meet your wife, design your first patent, get you first corporate job, meeting your life long line brothers, start your own million dollar business, or buy your first house.
College or this time period is where you are basically designing what you are going to do with the rest of your life.
Whether it’s college, military, or starting a job, you are embarking on becoming a man. You are getting from under the supervision of your parents, you’re “on your own”.
Yes…that’s what I think about March Madness, not cutting the net, running on the court after a win or painting my face but the experience of college.
So yeah this blog was nothing about basketball. It’s everything about life. So get off that couch, stop playing xbox or playstation and begin to live life. Be eager to make a mistake to learn and keep moving forward and upward. You have youth on your side to go make mistakes and get better. Life is waiting for you. So…go to college, military or start your business but by all means, just GO!
“I’ve learned one thing, and that’s to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here, relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So stay out late. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…” – Tom Petty