Of course, they naysayers will immediately say "you should have checked the weather!" Not to worry, we did. There was a 50% chance of rain in Baltimore when we left the city so we knew that the game was likely going to be delayed a bit, maybe a little soggy, and we were taking a chance on the trip. But then we figured...lets just try it. We've got the time planned out, we don't have anything else to do, hopefully we'll still get something fun out of the experience...and we're not THAT old that we want to start giving up on things for fear of rain. You just have to go do it.
The question, then, is "is it worth it?" Knowing what I know now, would we try it out again? I really don't know. I'm certainly not going to try it a second time (the Pirates play the Orioles again tonight and the weather looks just as bad) but I'm still glad we made a solid attempt at the trip yesterday. One phrase which has been tosses around a lot in the past two years is "YOLO" or "you only live once". Sadly, most people use this expression to justify doing dumb and dangerous things, which is actually counterintuitive to only living once. If you only have one life, you'll want to make sure you're alive for the whole thing and not bowing out early. A YOLO moment can involve taking a chance on something because "why not?" but it's not really about being stupid, it's about branching out.
The reason I bring all this up is that the end of the school year is really hitting a lot of the seniors in a negative way. Despite the fact this is likely one of the most memorable times of their lives (not the best, but they'll remember the final days of high school forever), there's very little risk-taking or imagination to be seen. Many are blowing off assignments because they've locked up grades...and then snapchatting, or skimming the Twitter feed, or texting...for hours. And that's in class! I'm curious how much free time at home is spent just staring at the tiny screen.
The seniors (and juniors...and even the staff) need some constructive YOLO-ing and they need it soon. Not crazy parties, not running red lights, not staying up late to watch TV, but some genuine experiences. Even if it means driving 350 miles to a Burgatory on a Tuesday in April. If that's the case, then it would have been worth it.
And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question
-T.S. Eliot (Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock ll. 87-93).