One Step at a Time

jamiemoyer.jpgGoals keep you focused.  For instance, Jamie Moyer didn’t just walk out on day one of his MLB career and say, “Hey, I want to give up at least 500 home runs over the next couple decades.”  No, he set manageable goals like, “Today I’m going to give up two homers and in my next start, only one.”  That’s how records get broken.

Sometimes goals give you purpose.  Like when Bill Clinton gets a little contemplative and starts talking about what keeps him going.  Sure, he may have been President of the United States, the greatest country in the history of the world, but he’s also just a regular guy who wants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro before he dies.  And see his grandchildren.  Oh, and run a marathon.

Now, I’m a big fan of Clinton.  But the guy is starting to look old.  If you noticed him tottering around at the World Cup, he looked like an old man wearing a young man’s clothes.  I hope he makes it to Kilimanjaro and I certainly hope he gets to see his grandchildren.  But, it might also be time to realize that those two things could be mutually exclusive.

More than that, I worry about Bill for another reason.  He said The Bucket List was one of his favorite movies.  Ok, that’s cute and all but really?  You’re a Rhodes Scholar and a past his prime Jack Nicholson running around diving out of airplanes is what does it for you? 

At the same time, if I can still run around at 63 like Clinton does, I’ll feel pretty good.  I mean, even if he doesn’t look quite as vibrant, the guy still knows where to be and how to do it.  Who knows, maybe the way he does it is by having goals.  Hey, it worked for Jamie Moyer.

-A

3 Comments

Who’s that kid on the baseball card? Is that Moyer’s grandson? Now that he’s not President anymore I wonder if he inhales now?
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

The key is to be retired by the age of 63. I’ll probably be working until the day I die…brutal. Would be nice to be able to travel and watch baseball for the rest of my days.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

I loved the Bucket List! Sure it was schmaltzy, but it spoke to the things we’ve left undone in our lives. Bush jumped out of a plane on this 80th birthday (I think), so why shouldn’t Clinton think about climbing Kilimanjaro? At the moment though, he should just try to get through Chelsea’s big fat crazy wedding!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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