Column by Carly Grenfell
What if my terrible day is actually someone else’s great day? What if my average day is someone else’s everyday life? What if, beneath every hardship I’ve faced, someone has it worse than I do?
As athletes, students, adults and professionals, we all have our crosses to bear — some heavier than others.
We’ve all been knocked down, slapped in the face and then it happens all over again.
But how is it that we lessen the blow?
Without clumping everyone into one general observation, many of us talk about it.
We let out the steam, word vomit to our best friends and rant until there is no more to rant about.
Maybe post a Facebook status, tweet about it or make a call to Mom.
Regardless, when things don’t go our way, it can often be the heart and soul of our day-to-day conversations.
This is not to diminish the way we as human beings choose to cope.
It is not to be completely insensitive to the struggles every person endures. And it is certainly not to condemn something that, quite frankly, is part of our human nature. What is it then?
In essence, it is something to reflect upon. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in an outreach program for a non-profit organization called Team Impact.
This was the same organization that helped sign on 7-year-old cancer survivor Jack Conlon to our very own Drake football team.
The organization’s mission is to pair up kids with life-threatening illnesses to college athletic teams, and it is my job to get the word out.
Now, let’s see how everything I just talked about actually comes full circle.
Failed a test? Had a bad practice? Got dumped by your significant other? You have it pretty good.
Jack Conlon? Fighting for his life at 7 years old.
Millions of other kids? Literally fighting for their lives, enduring treatment and getting probed with needles on the daily.
When in doubt, save tweet to draft.
When in doubt, use the backspace button.
When in doubt, ask yourself one question. Does someone have it worse than I do?
The answer is probably ‘yes.’
Grenfell is a senior public relations and management double major and can be reached at email@example.com