On my visits home, I’m often asked why I am still playing soccer and why overseas. Many travelers can tell you the positives of experiencing life abroad. With so many places to explore, people to meet, and cultures about which to gain an understanding and appreciation, it’s hard to run out of new and exciting things to experience.
For me, those things are just icing on the cake.
My job is to play a game that I absolutely love, and everything about this game is enjoyable. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but keeping in mind that working through the obstacles and frustrations makes coming through with success even more gratifying; I can truly find joy in the whole experience.
It’s hard to describe the feeling before a game. I think it’s easily comparable to the feeling I had on the night/morning before Christmas as a child. A mixture of wanting to go to sleep already because you’re so excited to wake up, and not being able to fall to sleep because just thinking about the next day gets your pulse raised. It’s like taking a test when you can have complete confidence in yourself that you can solve all the problems. Confidence in athletics comes from the ability to draw on your preparation and the work you put in, day in and day out. When you know you’ve put in the work and you’ve got the will to win, you can be confident that you’ve done everything to ready yourself for success that day and it’s going to be fun leaving it all out there on the field.
It’s an amazing feeling and, during season, I get to experience that nearly every weekend and sometimes during the week as well. How lucky am I?
There is a lot that goes into mentally and physically preparing for the game, including painting game-day nails, but I’ll talk about that another day. Talk soon!