Keep Pounding

By: Chaunte McClure

I don’t take a liking to professional football or spend much time watching it on TV, but for Footballthe past couple of weeks I was well aware that the Carolina Panthers were Super Bowl bound to take on the Denver Broncos. And from all the social media buzz, I knew many fans in my social network who were ready for Cam Newton to dab on ‘em this past Sunday night. The Panthers didn’t have much of an opportunity because the Broncos’ defensive game was strong – strong enough to defeat Carolina 24 to 10.

I was hoping the Panthers would win simply because they are the team close to home. They had a great season, losing only one regular season game. They quickly bounced back after a loss to the Atlanta Falcons, taking a “W” one week later against Tampa Bay.

Last week’s loss was a blow for players and fans who longed for a win during Super Bowl 50. Just like in the game of football or any sport, in life, you win some, you lose some. Life happens. The good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent. There are moments when we find ourselves doing well like the Carolina Panthers. The spotlight is on us and we’re dabbin’ with our team of supporters because we’re winning. Then those times come when we take a loss and sometimes it feels like a total beat down.

What happens when suddenly you’re not winning? How do you respond when it seems like you’ve been defeated? When you’re disappointed about the results, do you give up?

I encourage you to keep pounding. Don’t give up on yourself, your dreams, your life, your hopes or even your team. Naturally, we become sad, mad, discouraged, disappointed or maybe even outraged when “life happens,” but we can’t remain in that negative state because there is so much more still worth fighting for!

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