December 31, 2010
Year End Reflections: Appreciating Moments of Happiness
This Rose Bowl is my first bowl game as an alumnus. It has been very fun and it has also given me a renewed appreciation for being a Badger.
As a member of the University of Wisconsin marching band, it required intense work and a lot of time and effort, but I gained so much. In travels alone, I saw five bowl games, the 2000 Final Four, a volleyball championship match, as well as other regular season and postseason games in various sports. I definitely appreciated those trips then, but my appreciation is growing.
Looking around out here in Southern California, it is wonderful to see so many Badger fans. There are alumni, locals, friends of Wisconsin, families, and bus after bus of tour groups. However, somewhat missing are the students, but they’re not at fault at all for being absent. Yes, it’s really expensive out here! To all the students whose hearts are here in Pasadena, but bodies are back in Madison, we miss you!
I watch the band, the spirit squad and the players: all students, but also a part of the festivities. I understand they appreciate it now, but know their appreciation will grow as the years pass.
My appreciation also grows for my and my wife’s Wisconsin diplomas. Our degrees have led us to jobs and therefore the ability to come out here and pay for the Rose Bowl.
The marching band gave me many travels, lifelong friends and many different lessons in leadership, teamwork and life. One lesson that stands out in relation to appreciation comes from director Mike Leckrone. He said you won’t be happy all the time, but you will have moments of happiness. Cherish those moments.
May your New Year bring many moments of happiness and On Wisconsin!