So a while back I mentioned a documentary called Run, Ricky, Run that delved into the life of pro football player Ricky Williams. Well this morning I finally got the chance to watch it. I think I’ll forever see Williams as one of the most intruiguing people, not because he struggles with things that are absurd, but because of his openness and honesty and the fact that he turned down a potentially huge NFL career for deeper things. One of the quotes towards the end of the film that really struck me was when Ricky said:
“I think where I was in that moment to most people is considered a dark place and I think that’s why so many people are afraid to go there. And I think one thing about me is those dark places, or those things we consider taboo, I’m not as afraid to go there, I almost want to be there because that’s where I feel most comfortable. And so, I was, at the time I was lost, and you can consider it a dark place but implicit in being lost means there’s redemption, or you’re going to be found. And so for me that’s where I thrive, when I can see the light down, no matter how far, down the tunnel when I can see that light, I feel comfortable knowing I’m going in the right direction.”
Check it out if you have time. You don’t even have to be interested in sports as it’s more about the human struggle for significance, contentment and authenticness (word?) that it is about football.