Tonight I watched the highlights and interviews with the US Women’s Soccer team that just won gold. They’ve been playing pro soccer since I was on the high school soccer team. Three of the originals are retiring this year and really wanted the gold again. It was obvious that they cared a lot about each other, a love that came from a common mission and shared experiences.
I think that’s why I like “The West Wing” so much. No matter your politics, it is so neat to watch a team that believes in something try and fight for it. When Josh compliments CJ on the way she handled a press briefing, or did something well, it’s not just that it was a good job, but something meaningful. Of course, it is nice that a lot of the views or issues brought up on the show really intrigue me… but the fact that they are working for something they believe in together, wow, that’s powerful.
The team is what makes “West Wing” different from “Alias” (that’s a whole nother post though), that they’re a real team, not just a hodgepodge of folks you’re not sure you can trust. And the mission is what makes it different from “Friends,” where there’s a group but they’re not really doing anything.
I love the fact that I’ve gotten to be on so many awesome teams working for things we believe in. It’s a gift not everyone gets.