My Pittsburgh Steelers always make me happy, even in the off-season.
No, I’m not talking about Hine Ward’s dance moves, although I love those too. Tonight, I’m doing a happy dance over the fact that they drafted Baron Batch.
Honestly, I don’t know much about his football career at this stage, no more than I could learn from reading a few articles that included quickie bios. I’m glad they drafted him because if they hadn’t, there’s a good chance I never would have discovered his blog.
I was talking to my mother on the phone earlier, and she told me she wanted me to read our new draft pick’s article “My Story from 30,000 Feet” in Pittsburgh Magazine. Baron’s article was a response to a letter he’d received from a boy who was feeling overwhelmed with obstacles. He started out explaining that he was writing from an airplane, and his humorous devil-may-care but at the same time “man I hate this flying thing” attitude hooked me in a heartbeat. It described the way I feel every time I go to a conference. When I finished the article, I felt one of those macara streaking eye-leaks trickling down my cheek. So of course, I had to move on to his blog.
Batch writes in a way that is both heartrending and uplifting, and also funny. In a way, his style reminds me of my own when I’m at my writing best. The difference is that his carries the voice of an inspired and determined young man rather than a sometimes hopeful, but often jaded and somewhat whiny forty-year-old woman who still refers to herself as a chick.
He writes of everything from mending his relationship with his father to his road to the NFL to his work for causes near to his heart. He even shares the essays of a creative writing class that he visited as a speaker. His photography is beautiful too – he’s got an eye for the reflective and unique.
I’m just beginning to delve into his blog, but it left me wanting more. Not just to go back and read more, either. To do more with my own abilities. He’s inspiring, and we can all use some inspiration. Especially us struggling day-jobbing writers. I sincerely hope he continues to blog as he embarks on his new adventure with the Steelers.
I know better than to ever ask my Baltimore hometown crew to join me in cheering for the Steelers. But I will ask you to check out Baron Batch. You’ll be glad you did.