Before I get to the reason for this post, I want to make a couple of admissions.
First, I am not a very good writer. (The fact that I've rewritten this post about a dozen times would be proof enough of this fact, at least in my mind.) It's not that I don't enjoy writing, I do. But when I sit down at my computer to compose a blog post, I get often get frustrated that the thoughts bouncing around in my skull do not end up coming out as I want them when I attempt to put them to paper (or in a blog post). And that bugs me and often keeps me from posting as often as I'd like to my blog.
Second, of the nearly 4000 songs in my iTunes library, I do not own one single Bruce Springsteen song. I love classic rock, but have never found Bruce's music to be enjoyable.
So when I read an essay such as this, by my favorite blogger, Joe Posnanski, I am both inspired and depressed. Reading this post makes me wish I had one-tenth the writing ability of Joe, but knowing I never will write this well is quite depressing. At the same time, I am inspired to keep trying to reach the bar that Joe has set so very high.
Joe is a guy who can take a topic with which I have no interest and keep me interested. I am jealous of his gift, yet am so very glad that he shares it with his readers. I have no idea how the guy can make me cry with a topic as simple as a Bruce Springsteen song, but I am so very thankful that he did.
(And I may have to give Bruce another chance and buy one of his cds.)
SONG: "The Promise" by Bruce Springsteen
CARD: 2010 Allen and Ginter Mini Luke Hochevar Yellow Printing Plate, serial numbered 1/1
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