A few weeks ago, football player Andrew Luck announced his retirement. He is young, and he was a highly regarded player. Basically, he felt the injuries his body has already sustained are making the rest of his life difficult to manage, physically, mentally and emotionally.
What did, and continues to amaze me is the varied reactions to this decision. Some Indianapolis Colts season ticket holders wanted their money back. The rationalization was that Luck was prominently displayed on all the season ticket promo stuff. First off- really? I know that no star player ever gets hurt and needs to miss a game, season or career….right? Who you start with at the beginning of the season is clearly who you end up with at the end…
Other people began calling Luck various derogatory names. They thought his choice to retire before he was 30 was a complete wimp move. It doesn’t matter how Luck felt, and feels, the only thing that matters is “manning” up and continuing playing till he’s completely broken.
Why would anyone do this? Why would anyone question why someone does, or does not want to continue in a job?
Last week I spoke of giving up, and yesterday I spoke of people wanting others to fail, or expecting people to behave in a specific way. This story kind of embodies all of that. Here’s a man who chose not to quit, but to retire because the path he had been on was no longer the right one. Then you have the people calling him a quitter.
Did he quit?
Did he choose another path?
Does it matter?
Is it anyone’s business other than his own?
As a friend of mine so astutely put it on Facebook, if Luck had committed suicide, people all over would be asking “Why didn’t he reach out for help?” Yet, here he was, not really asking for help, but clearly taking stock of his personal positives and negatives and making a decision about his physical and mental health, and he was booed. Booed. Criticized. The butt of jokes which weren’t particularly funny.
Why are we so quick to criticize others? Shouldn’t we be paying more attention to ourselves?