Rapper Drake once said in a song “Twitter fingers, turn to trigger fingers,” and that today is ever so present in today’s society with social media. Today it seems more common to talk smack on social media, where the person you’re chirping at someone who is miles away from you and you don’t have to address them to their face. However, in a strange, adult-minded, turn of events, we don’t see that here in this story.
It was recently reported that Browns’ defensive star Myles Garrett came out and stated that he’d like to personally sit down with Steelers’ QB Mason Rudolph, “man-to-man”, to officially squash the beef they’ve had almost a full year ago. My definition of some “grown-man” energy.
For those who live under a rock, a year ago, Myles was suspended for the back half of the regular season after bashing Rudolph on the head with his own helmet, after Rudolph allegedly made a racial slur to Garrett after getting tackled. Whether it was true or not, something definitely was sparked in which it absolutely enraged Garrett into ripping off his helmet off and clubbing him with it. An action, by the way, which has never been seen by him in all of his years playing football at any level.
With this comes a great lesson to be learned and it comes from one of my top 5 Presidents of all time, as well as my top 5 favorite quotes, JFK. He said that we should “forgive your enemies, but never forget their name”.
What he meant by this was, we should forgive those we have a quarrel with and not hold grudges, but we should not forget their nature.
This is a life lesson, I myself, I try to live by for several reasons. For one, one of the things that bothers me the most, is when there is un-sqaushed beef, especially with a friend. Cause now things are awkward, you can’t hang with that person now, other friends may be picking sides on who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s just a whole ordeal, especially cause more often than not, it’s over something stupid. Even with complete strangers, who I may never see again in my life, just having that bad energy sit there lingering over you is just not a good feel.
Secondly, for those who know me, I’m probably the most laid back person you’ll know, so laid back to the point I’m almost horizontal. I think this is, because over my 23 years of existence, I’ve learned there’s not enough time in the day to get angry, upset, or argue about every little thing that happens in my life. It’s just not worth the time or the energy. There’s some battles that aren’t worth fighting.
What not only inspired me to keep living this way, but earned more of my respect for Garrett is that, though it may not of been his fault for how everything went down, he still took the initiative to wanting to make amends with Rudolph. Which shows a lot about a person’s character.
With this, I found this to be a great life lesson for anyone who still has a grudge or has unresolved issues with a counterpart. None of us want to admit we are wrong, none of us want to apologize for stuff that wasn’t our fault, but in the long run, being able to reform that bond/trust with someone and get rid of those negative, awkward vibes between you is so much more worth it.