I am not when it happened but I have found myself a person of routine or habit (to say the least).
Since college, I seem to be someone who is highly fond of daily schedules. I would like to say it is because I was such a diligent student in college, however, I am afraid I can’t say that with a straight face ha.
Don’t get me wrong, I took my classes seriously it is just I was too “young” to really appreciate ALL the material (that”s for you Momma ha)
Anyways, back to the point; Routines.
I think anyone that experiences the “Over Seas” life style has different ways of dealing with it. Nonetheless, I guarantee, no matter who you are or what sport you play, we all go through the same emotions. For example, missing the heck out of your family and friends . . .
I would have to say the question that I receive the most is what do I do to fill my days? Well, with being here for a solid two months straight I can happily fill you in.
Side note: Everyday I try to do either an hour of guitar (F chord est tres difficil!) or french. A good day is when I get both in: Side note
I catch the bus in the morning and head to our fields. Once I arrive I do about an hour of ball work with focusing on technique. This means I am trying to get in as many “correct” touches as possible. For example, I will start by juggling a tennis ball for 5 min with my left, than right. After I will do a series of touches and than some cone drills.
After that I will head home and relax until training at night.
In the morning I attend my 2-hour French course and then usually head into Paris to sight see or hang out
Tuesday is our only day off.
Bright and early I go to teach English and play some footy with my little buddy Victor. He is a 7-year-old boy with lots and lots of energy
That usually drains me because it lasts three hours. After, I head home to rest and get prepared to run because we always have fitness on Wednesday nights.
This might be my favorite days (yes the little things I have to look forward to ha) because in the morning I get to go shoot on our three keepers. One was actually the starter for the French team this summer for the World Cup and who I greatly enjoy talking trash too ha.
After I have my 2nd French class and finish with practice.
Friday morning I attend a bible study in Paris and enjoy some more sight seeing.
With most of the girls working all week, Saturday is the only day that they have completely off. I will usually go do some touches at the field and then just chill because we usually play on Sundays.
And yep . . . this is my week . . . give or take.
For me, some of my favorite moments are when I head to the field with my headphones on and the ball at my feet.
There is only so much we can control in this sport. I have learned to let go of the things I can’t and focus on the things I can. Even as hard as that can be at times.
I have not felt the joy for this game in a long time and for that, for now, I am so thankful to have found that again here.
Last but not least for your viewing pleasure: Allie Long
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