February 13, 2014 probably doesn’t mean much to most people, but to die-hard Chicago Cubs fans like me, it is one of the most important days of the year. Pitchers and catchers report for their first day of Cubs spring training camp today.
“People often laugh at the hapless Cubs—not to mention their fans. The Cubs, often dubbed as the “lovable losers” have not won a World Series in 105 years—not since 1908 (as the joke goes in Chicago, any team can have a bad century).”
No, they aren’t picked to be a contender, and I have been predicting a championship EVERY year for the last 37 years, but I am going to put my heart and soul into rooting for them once again (I am sorry, Dan Black, I have NO compassion for Yankees fans who are worried about not making the playoffs).
Disappointment is a fact of life to Cubs fans, and yet, every year, without fail, we bounce back (after short recriminations about Billy Goat curses and Steve Bartman), relishing the new opportunity of a fresh season. We have been dealt crushing blows in 2003 and 1984 (and 1969 for those who are old enough to remember), yet we always bounce back the following year with the same level of optimism.
I would argue that there is an important life lesson to be learned from Cubs fans. We have all been disappointed. We have all put in the time and effort only to see a project or an idea fail. The real question is what you do next? Do you give up or do you rededicate yourself to achieving your goal? After you fail, do you put the same time, effort, and passion into your next attempt? If you don’t you have a LOT to learn from the “lovable losers” and their fans, because I guarantee you after 105 years of team and 36 seasons of personal heartbreak and disappointment, without a doubt, 2014 is Anno Catuli, (Latin for Year of the Cub)!