I recently came across one of those “All I Really Need To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten” pictures. You know what I’m talking about, the big picture with all the lessons you’ve acquired in Kindergarten that are enough to get you through life. Lessons like, “don’t run with scissors,” or “treat everyone like you want to be treated,” or “play fair.” While those lessons are extremely important to get through life, it made me wonder where else we can find valuable life lessons, without having to actually experience any sort of obstacle first hand.
In light of all the happy sports news, whether it be the ending of the NHL lockout, or the Ravens beating the colts and advancing (let us cheer for a second), I realized how important sports really are in our lives. I know for a fact, sports play a huge role in my life. It could be dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, ice skating (yes, these are indeed sports, I promise you) football, basketball, or baseball; sports automatically just put me in a better mood. I think that’s the case for most people.
Sports teach people a lot, and so do sports films. And while Kindergarten was a vital year for life lessons, I think you can learn just as much, maybe more, through a sports movie. From a sports movie you can learn…
…that every second chance begins with the first step (Step Up).
…the importance of Spirit Fingers and originality (Bring It On).
…that if you’re going to do anything, do it big and always stick the landing (Stick It).
…that in the pursuit of exploring one passion, you sometimes find another passion (Ice Princess).
…that you don’t have to look the same to be family (Remember The Titans).
…that the most unexpected person can truly change your life (The Blind Side).
…that even if you’ve been given a bad break, you still have an awful lot to live for (The Pride Of The Yankees).
…that if you build it, they will come (Field Of Dreams).
…that great moments are built from great opportunities (Miracle).
…that if you have to cry, sometimes that’s okay (The Longest Yard).
…there’s not much of a difference between “dream team” and “mean team” (Space Jam).
…being perfect is not about winning, it’s about your relationship with yourself, your family, and your friends (Friday Night Lights).
…that the environment you’re placed in does not dictate your future (Gridiron Gang).
…that everybody gets one chance to do something great, but most people don’t take that chance because they’re either too scared or don’t recognize it (The Sandlot).
…that you have to believe in something (Angels In The Outfield).
…age is just a number (The Rookie).
…the importance of strategy and research (Moneyball).
…that a sport can mean so much more than just a sport (Trouble With The Curve).
…that we should never underestimate any animal, especially a dog (Air Bud).
…we are all meant to shine (Coach Carter).
…you can be down, but it doesn’t mean you’re out (Rocky).
…girls can kick butt just as much as guys (Million Dollar Baby).
…walking away and giving up are not the same thing (Never Back Down).
…you should always embrace the talent you were born with (Bend It Like Beckham).
…there is nothing wrong with a girl dressing up as a dude to prove a point that they’re equal (She’s The Man).
…sometimes the price is wrong (Happy Gilmore).
…you never know how far you can run until you run (Secretariat).
…wax on, wax off (The Karate Kid).
…that we all have more in common than we think (Save The Last Dance).
…that life can change, but dreams don’t have to (Make It Happen).
…that love is bigger than any tidal wave or fear (Soul Surfer).
…that you never get to see what could have been, so appreciate the right now (Charlie St. Cloud).
…we all start out with a dream (Wimbledon).
…it’s not about what you have, it’s about what you make of what you have (Step Up 2).
…you can find someone to blame, but that doesn’t make the problem go away (Take The Lead).
…just be yourself, because life is too short to be anybody else (Step Up 2).
Looks like the lessons learned in Kindergarten have some serious competition.