We knew that May would be a grind for us. Actually we knew since the schedule was released that we would be tested to our limits. However, we accepted our schedule of playing the “top” two teams 3x’s in our first 6 games and fighting through a 8 day stretch of 3 games against each team with them receiving a week of rest.
Above is not a statement to be taken as an excuse but as the reality. A reality that we knew would make us take some hard looks into the mirror. It has not been easy by any means, but the strength and courage of true belief is never easy.
As a Pro this is what our life looks like. It is about finding a balance between reality and belief. About accepting the feeling of not knowing what tomorrow is going to bring. That focusing on now, not dwelling on the past, either on mistakes or glories, or on the questions of what’s next, on our fears or dreams, but on the (beautiful) present moment.
I know this is a lot easier said than done but I whole heartedly believe this is how life is meant to be lived. My life has been so calculated. I have been so focused on my training/routine and how I thought things should turn out. Unfortunately, it took me losing three of the most important things in my life for me to wake up. One of those things I will never get back.
It does not have to be that way for you. You do not have to lose everything to wake up. We were made to live this life for today. I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to the game of futbol and you know what; it has broken my heart. It has broken my heart and at the same time allowed me to live my dream. I am a Pro Futboller that has learned the lessons of sacrifice, dedication, perseverance, heart, joy, pain, honesty, strength, courage, belief, trust, etc …The foundations of making a dream a reality.
I am not saying that it is not important to know how or what you want your life to look like. That sometimes the belief in your dream is the only thing that gives you the strength to keep going. I am just saying that we never know what tomorrow is going to bring and that life is not promised. That my outlook on life has changed from looking forward to tomorrow to simply trying to bring someone a smile for today.
When the days get hard, when the dream seems impossible, I trust in the words below because it is what makes me believe in there is always a brighter tomorrow.
“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” – C. Joybell
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