Life is weird.
My husband got a call from the Colts this week. They invited one person from our party to come down to the field to welcome the team out this Sunday as part of their Season Ticket Members Tunnel Club. He nominated me (obviously). And I was thrilled.
Now for the weird part…
The significance hadn’t occurred to me until I composed a tweet for the hashtag: #TweetAtYourselfTenYearsAgo.
Here’s my tweet:
— The Blue Mare™ (@TheBlueMare) September 24, 2014
Ten years ago I had just moved to Indianapolis. I was getting ready to go to my first Colts game (as a Vikings fan). I know. Just feel bad for me though.
Sunday, September 26, 2004 (coincidentally, my dad’s birthday), I watched Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts beat Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. Growing up a Vikings fan in Minnesota, I was always glad to see the Packers lose. So, I was happy to cheer for the Colts.
What I didn’t realize, was that I was already becoming a Colts fan. I just didn’t know it yet. The ties were there…I loved Coach Tony Dungy from his days in Minnesota. I went to Syracuse with the star wide receiver, Marvin Harrison. And Peyton Manning, well…who could resist him?
On November 8th, when the Vikings came to play the Colts on Monday Night Football, I wore pink to the game (to be neutral). I said I’d cheer for whoever had the ball. But half way through the game, I realized I was cheering for the Colts on defense too. I couldn’t help it. They had already won me over. And I’ve never looked back.
This Sunday, I will celebrate my first decade of Colts fandome by welcoming my team out of the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium. And I couldn’t be prouder to do it.
I don’t think life is random. I don’t believe in coincidences. I think we’re given signs along the way. But it’s up to you to shut out the noise and listen. For me, Sunday is yet another sign that I’m right where I’m meant to be. Doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. And loving every minute of it.
Over the last ten years, this team has taken me on ups and downs, through celebration and heartache, and given me opportunities I could never have imagined.
I’ve dedicated a good part of my life to being a Colts fan. But that’s nothing compared to what they’ve given me in return. And I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.
Life is weird, people.
Weird and wonderful.