If you've never been to a Seahawks game before, you may not understand just how easy it is to lose full range of your vocal abilities. From the opening snap of the oppositions first drive, the crowd is belligerently yelling at the top of their lungs with full force. The energy level is kept up throughout the full 60 minute contest, leading you to feel exhausted and mentally tired by the final whistle. More often than not, you witness a Seahawks win and the crowd continues chanting as they file out of the stadium.
Needless to say, tonight while attending the Seahawks Monday Night Football game with my buddy Brock and his cousin James (pictured), I came away with a hoarse voice. It'll probably be felt more tomorrow as I drown my vocal chords in my morning coffee, rendering the situation temporarily worse. With the number of trips I've taken between Yakima and Seattle in the last 3 weeks, I'm finally home for the next 9 days and the thought of sleeping in my own bed for that long of a stretch excites me.
As I scanned my phone on the way back, a quote from Pastor Steven Furtick, (who spoke at our church last week) stuck out to me quite a bit. "You don't have to have your life together to impact someone else's." In all honesty, this is how I've been feeling a lot lately. I type these words every day and I constantly feel like "who am I and why am I using my voice in this project, when more often than not, I feel like I'm just losing it?" Like, what do I really even know about anything? But nearly every day, I'll receive a comment or a personal e-mail from someone who has felt impacted by this, and for whatever reason, I'm doing this project as my own life continually feels like it's not all rolling along with 4 wheels completely bolted in place.
My voice is hoarse in real life and at times, it feels hoarse in this existing social media world, where some people tune in and others scroll right on by. That quote was a gentle reminder that as long as there's potential for just one person to feel something out of this, then I'm gonna keep on doing it. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 30. James.