The Road Less Traveled
Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.
I think the title sums up how I feel about the matter at hand. I certainly don’t need any encouragement to obsess over things, how things could have been if I had done or said something differently. I’m forever reminding myself not to do that. It’s all too easy to think about how things might have been. But it’s daydreaming and it doesn’t solve anything now. It’s easier to spend all your time obsessing over things you can do nothing about than work on problems that require to do something now. Besides how would you pick a moment anyway, there’s so many moments where you made a big decision and doing something differently would have resulted in things turning out very differently.
If today hadn’t gone so well I’d probably have no trouble in finding something from the past to obsess over and lament how that moment ruined my life and how if I did or said something differently then it would all be so different. But you can’t pick a moment like that. Because as Lester says in The Wire “and all the pieces matter.”
You change one little thing and bring the whole pack of cards down, you change that one little piece and you have no idea how it affects everything else. Good and bad things happen for a reason. They might not always make sense at the time but there’s some kind of logic to everything.
Today is a good example of how one seemingly insignificant event can have huge consequences. Leverkusen were playing Dortmund, Stefan Kiessling fouled a Dortmund player. A free kick was given which Matze Ginter promptly took. That free kick resulted in a swift counter attacking move which ended with Aubameyang scoring what would prove to be the only goal of the game. What’s the problem with that you may ask. Well Matze Ginter didn’t take the free kick where the foul had occurred but a few meters ahead of it. Which of course is against the rules. But the referee didn’t notice and from there the situation descended into chaos. I don’t understand exactly what happened, from what I could make sense of Roger Schmidt was sent to the stands or so the referee claims. But he didn’t tell him this himself, Stefan Kiessling did. The referee then claimed that Schmidt was refusing to leave, he halted the game and disappeared into the tunnel. Leaving the players, the coaches, 30,000 spectators and the commentators in complete confusion as to what was going. Spectators which included Joachim Löw who was just as confused as everyone else:
The game did resume, minus Leverkusen’s coach and Dortmund got their three points. If Ginter hadn’t tried to get away with breaking the rules the way he did, if the referee had noticed the infraction or if Kiessling hadn’t committed the foul to begin with would Dortmund have won the game? I’d say probably not but then who knows?
Equally if this week had not gone the way it did, if Jogi hadn’t been at Roma’s game on Wednesday, Hertha’s on Saturday and Dortmund’s today, and if Hansi weren’t at Dortmund’s game on Thursday would I have come up with the story idea I did? I don’t know, but who cares. I got the idea and more importantly Freiburg got all three points today against Sandhausen, their first win of 2016. I survived another week and Freiburg maintain their grip on second place in the table.