Roberto Luongo’s time in Vancouver was definitely filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, but I think even he was conflicted when it came to leaving the city that he had called home, the place where he’d won a gold medal for Canada in 2010 and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, where he had had many of the same teammates for years. Like life, hockey is full of changes – players often get traded without notice, and you can find yourself on the losing side of a game 7, ending your season in an instant. Change can be scary because we don’t know what to expect. It can be hard to say goodbye to a season of life filled with good memories, or even a time when you felt comfortable because you knew what to expect. But life carries on, and we can find happiness in the next stage of our lives. Make sure you don’t miss the excitement of a new beginning because you’re too busy looking back at the past.
Game Plan: Plan for something that you can look forward to in the future. It doesn’t have to be a something big – I’m saving for a vacation in Vancouver, but that’s too far in the future 😉 – make it something that you can make happen soon. A weekend trip to explore a new city, getting tickets to a hockey game, concert, or play, or even making a plan to be a tourist in your own city. It’s always good to have something to look forward to.
As you may have been able to tell, I’m a huge fan of Roberto Luongo and became an even bigger one after seeing how he handled everything in Vancouver. I think he’s an awesome role model – he didn’t pout or blow everyone off through all of the criticism and trade nonsense, but he was also honest about his feelings and the fact that it wasn’t an easy time for him. I think that truly shows strength in vulnerability, and I think he’s a great example on dealing with uncertainty in life.
I love editing videos (especially when they have to do with hockey), so I made a small tribute to Roberto’s time in Vancouver, focusing on everything that’s happened the last couple of years.