Properly, one factor I didn’t anticipate on this tremendous Thursday night was to really feel seen and understood by NFL participant J.J. Watt throughout his post-workout restoration ice bathtub. Sure, it is true: Watt (together with fellow NFL gamers Brian Peters, Derek Watt, and T.J. Watt) submerged himself within the torture chamber often known as an ice bathtub, which in his case is only a chunk taken out of a frozen lake, which is fairly badass and in addition very picturesque. Ice baths are a pleasant/painful technique to forestall irritation (which causes muscle soreness), however reality be informed, I am not right here to speak about well being advantages. I am right here as a result of from the second I first noticed these images, aka about an hour in the past, I’ve felt seen. I’ve felt understood.
Once I have a look at these images, I see: existential disaster, but additionally, pouting. I see Thanos gazing out over an apocalypse of his personal making. I see resilience and calm acceptance of destiny, and but, hints of turmoil buried deep inside. I see the entire curler coaster of feelings I, personally, have been experiencing over the previous *checks calendar* year-that-might-also-have-been-a-decade. I have a look at J.J. Watt in an ice bathtub and someway, a way, I see somebody who is aware of what I am going via proper now. Have a look at that decided gaze into the space. He will get it.
Look, I did not anticipate this and also you most likely did not both. And possibly I am alone in having this sense, as a result of for the previous quarter-hour I have been scouring Twitter for memes and all I’ve discovered are individuals debating whether or not ice baths work (they positive do, pals!) and commenting on how gradual of a sports activities day it have to be that this is what everybody’s speaking about (I imply, yeah). However I am sticking to my weapons on this one. Have a look at J.J. Watt. Have a look at his huge biceps and his decided, deeply troubled, pain-masking stare. That is a person who’s seen some sh*t. That is a person who is aware of.