Dear Fellow Lin Ladies and Gentlemen,
I almost didn’t do a post tonight because I was feeling kind of emotional…nothing bad happened, it’s just one of those days where you take a look down memory lane and wonder about what if’s and if it could have been you and you realize that you are only getting older and time doesn’t stand still. Anyways…Jeremy has signed a contract with KFC and did a photo shoot which he looks really good in …but I just wasn’t in a fan girl mood to do a spazzy post. (Don’t worry, I should be feeling up to my fangirl self tomorrow and will have them up for everyone. )
Tonight I just wanted to reflect on Jeremy Lin and the impact he has made on everyone…the Asian fan base… the Knicks and their fans…basketball in general. I know I joked about the “The Jeremy Lin Effect” and how it makes your heart skip beats because he was so good looking and charming. But obviously there is more to Jeremy than just his looks. There is more to Jeremy than just the way he plays basketball. He represents something that I can barely put into words. He represents hope, he represents love, he represents endurance, he represents forgiveness, he represents respect…and I could go on and on.
He gives little boys and girls a reason to believe that they too could one day grow up to be whatever they dreamed. It doesn’t matter their race, where their parents are from, or their status. He shows people that if you don’t give up, that endurance really does pay off. He is loved by so many because he in turn loves us. He actually watches and responds to YouTube videos from little kids, he sends out messages to a fan who has cancer, he never forgets to thank his fans for supporting him. He forgives reporters and commentators for racial remarks and other ill inspired sentiments. He respects his teammates enough to shower them with compliments when the spotlight was on him and he refuses to say anything negative about anyone. He visits underprivileged children, he has his own non-profit organization, he speaks at churches, and he is a superstar that is not blinded by his own light.
He has stated over and over again that he doesn’t play basketball for himself…he plays basketball for God. Regardless of your religious affiliation, I think everyone can agree that his spirituality has transcended basketball and is reflected in how this amazing man carries himself and in how he lives his life. He inspires men, women, children, athletes, politicians, dreamers, and many more….to believe in themselves and to do better. We are living in a world full of negatives, but Jeremy represents the positive. Even though we have never met him, he is who we turn to when we need a laugh, or a smile, or a break from work, or a reason to continue pushing forward. Many people say that he put life back into basketball…I think he put a spark of life back into the goodness of humanity. Because of him it is “cool” to be nice again. Despite all that he is and all that he represents, he has somehow maintained his humbleness and his shy smile.
This my friends is the real Jeremy Lin effect.
I posted 3 videos that I have received from readers (thank you soo much!!) which I personally believe showcase the effect he has on others and why we love him so much. I’m sure you may have already seen them, but they are so touching, it doesn’t hurt to see them again.
Thank you for supporting Jeremy and thank you for supporting my blog. Much love and goodnight from North Carolina!!