I had been dreading this past weekend for months. When the Seahawks' schedule first came out, I couldn't wait for this awesome Sunday Night match-up against the 49ers. Then reality set in and I realized that my cousin was having her wedding on the same day. In California. Starting at 4 p.m.
I couldn't believe my misfortune. I thought, what cruel person would do this to me? What made it worse was that I'm actually close to my cousin so there was no bypassing this wedding. Then, about a week before the wedding, when I was drowning in sorrow, and idea came to me: NFL Mobile. I could subscribe for just $5 a month and watch all the prime time games from my cell phone. Including the Sunday Night games. I truly felt like a genius.
I figured out that the game would start right around the time that the reception would for the wedding. My thought process was this: I could just sit at my table, watch the game on my phone and not socialize with anyone. It sounded like a perfect plan. Once we got to the reception, I realized my one crucial mistake that I took for granted: I had no cell phone reception.
I couldn't believe it. I was shocked, stunned, and dazed. Was this really happening right now? Not only could I not watch NFL Mobile now, but I had no way to follow updates on my phone whatsoever. I was seriously crushed. As I fervently tried to make up a backup plan, I saw that my girlfriend still had reception since she had a different carrier. I was so relieved that I could follow updates at the very least.
After awhile, I realized how ridiculous I was being. I was going through so much effort just to watch one football game. I eventually came to the realization that I couldn't just glue my eyes to my phone. Believe it or not, I realized that there are more important things in life than Seahawks-49ers. The maid of honor (my other cousin) asked me to dance and I couldn't refuse. I had prime rib that needed to be taken care of. And family that I hadn't seen in forever that I needed to talk to. As hard as it was for me to not watch this game, I put things into perspective. My cousin was getting married.The Seahawks will play the 49ers at home again next year. My cousin won't be getting married ever again (I hope).
I love football. I love the passion and the emotion of the game. I quite honestly think I'm addicted to it. But, there comes a time when you have to prioritize. As much as it killed me knowing that I was missing this great game, it wasn't life or death. It wasn't the Super Bowl. I had to let it go. Once I realized all of this, it was much easier for me to focus on the wedding. It also helped that the Hawks ended up winning. By a lot. And Kaepernick had to shave an eyebrow.