A couple years ago, an athlete who was not a “fan” of me, sent out a tweet which read: “Honestly, who even is Travis David?”
I ended up writing a column describing a few personal things about myself, but mostly about what I do as a sports editor.
Late last night, I had a conversation with a friend which made me think of the column I typed up while working as the sports editor of the Greene County Daily World in Linton.
What was the conversation which sparked this?
For those who don’t know, in addition to this position, I also have a part time job as a server at a restaurant in Evansville.
If you have ever worked in the industry you know all about how rumors of this and that fly around the place.
Most of them are never good.
Well with the conversation I had with one particular individual last night I learned what people there think about me.
One was a given and the other came as a surprise.
“People keep saying they think you’re gay or just odd.”
Well they are batting .500 on that assessment.
There’s no doubt that I am an odd duck.
I like pineapple on my pizza.
I like wearing pattern shorts with pineapple and other tropical emblems.
I like wearing pink shirts.
My grandmother passed away eight years ago and I wear pink in her honor.
Most people don’t know the reason behind that, but there you have it.
If you were to check out my closet you would see pink is the dominant color.
I also light to rock some purple colors and just about every other pastel color there is. There’s no rhyme or reason for the “odd” colors other than if I see something which catches my eye, I have no shame in wearing it.
There’s probably a lot of other things in which I do to make people think I am odd or whatever.
That’s fine. One thing my meemaw taught me was if people are talking about you, then you are giving someone else a break.
And I do like helping out other people, so whatever it takes, right?
Am I upset by what people think of me?
Over the past 12 years in this seat, I have been called just about every name in the book, both good and bad. Early in my career, it really used to bother me.
Anymore, I have come to terms that if someone is not upset with me, I am probably not doing my job!
So why fill up this space talking about it?
Well, it goes back to a few sentences back where I mentioned I like to help other people.
People’s perception of you should not change who you are or what you like!
If it makes you happy, then that is all that should matter.
Most of the time it says a lot more about the character of the person/people who have nothing better to do with their time that discuss others, than it does about you.
Imagine if we all shared the same interests, dressed with the same style or talked the same way?
This world would be one boring place to roam.
I will leave you with this quote which originated in the late nineteenth century:
“Men and women range themselves into three classes or orders of intelligence. You can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons. The next, by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things. And the highest by their preference for the discussion of ideas.”
So the next time you make a decision based on what others may think of you, ditch that thought process.
You should not live your day-to-life for the approval of others...be yourself!
Travis David is the Daily Clarion Sports Editor and can be reached at 812-220-4843 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PDCprepsports and @Tdavid_21.