I never imagined I would like Friday Night Lights. A show about high school football in Texas?! I resisted until January of this year and once I’d seen the pilot, written by Peter Berg, I was hooked. I proceeded to binge on the series, watching the first 10 episodes in three days (three excellent days, might I add).
Watching the show — for me at least — is like traveling to some exotic destination. The entire world is foreign to me: teenage boys holding hands and dropping to one knee to pray, the football mania of the small town of Dillon and the incredible mental preparation that goes into building a football player.
I thought a lot about sports psychology while I was watching the first season of FNL. Writing is no less demanding on the psyche. Writing is a lonely affair and you need to believe in yourself and your abilities each day as you sit down at your keyboard to do battle with your story and your own fears.
So today, I’m borrowing some motivational words of wisdom spoken by Coach Eric Taylor in the pilot episode of FNL to fuel us through the day’s writing.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
You’ve earned this: the right to win.
You put that in your head.
Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable and we will all at some point in our lives fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts”that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us and that when it is taken from us we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times, it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves.
And finally from a drunken Tim Riggins to his teammates the night before the game:
Let’s touch God this time, boys.
I adore FNL the series. Whenever I need inspiring, I’ll rewatch the pilot. Seeing the show while living in Scotland isn’t easy, but I’ll be importing the first season DVDs when they come out next week, so I can share the show with others.
I love that show too.
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