I hate this phrase. It’s been everywhere this week with students storming the court for the UNC win over Duke. Commentators, tweeters, whatever… it’s all “Hey Chapel Hill, act like you’ve been there before.”
Here’s the thing. In its original form, this was a Vince Lombardi quote “When you get into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.” He meant that his players shouldn’t dance around like idiots and rub it in the other team’s face when they scored. And that’s a good thing.
But great quotes often take on new meanings when they become colloquial. And these days I hear “Act like you’ve been there before” for any win/triumph/success—and the understood meaning is “play it cool,” “don’t be overly enthusiastic,” “act like this is no big deal.”
This is basically the opposite of how I feel. I have no interest in playing down my enthusiasm—or being around other people who play it cool. Even when I actually have been there before. The risk in playing it cool is that at some point you start believing your own lie and mistaking the remarkable for ordinary.
My opinion? When life offers you an opportunity to celebrate, take it. With both hands. When you have a chance to be excited, show it. Too often our days are filled with the mundane—take full advantage of the moments that are not. Be passionate. Show your excitement. Storm the court.
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