Tonight was my soccer senior night. None of us cried. None of us seemed fazed by it. To us, it had been coming for a long time and yet, at the same time, it had taken us by suprise.
I can’t remember my first soccer practice or my first game. The soccer years blend togethe, leaving behind what I will continue to cherish for years to come. Memories that include everything to do with Lilo from the tampon in the nose to the Carrot game during team bonding to “I’m a star”s, the IU v UNC soccer game and the frantic drive that followed, Janelle’s numerous falls (including her very fake flip that induced a foul), Jocelyn’s comforting anatics during the games, Audrey’s nerve rattling injuries (i.e. spraining her ankle jumping on cement, about new warm-ups for pete’s sake), and so many more. These girls have shaped and influenced my high school years in ways that some may never know. I am proud to have been a Knight for the last four years and hope to return next year at some point to cheer on my family. This chapter of my life may be coming to a close but I know an even better one is just on the horizon, maybe with a certain guy in it! Sorry I just had to sneak that in there!
The most important thing that I have learned from soccer is that no matter what happens in the game, it is just a game. Yes, it is a part of our lives. But when we look back on our lives will losing by one point or not getting that extra time on the field seem like such a big deal. Go ahead and cry about it now. Just let it end there. A famous saying is, “Leave it all on the field.” Sure that covers the basics such as skill and energy but it also means your hate, your anger, your sadness. Those things stay on the field. They shouldn’t hitch hike home. As a player that isn’t perfect, you have to realize that you can’t win them all. You can’t stop every goal or make every kick perfect. You may not even be able to play every game or every minute. What you have to remember that soccer, no matter how much you love it, is a game. Losing doesn’t mean that your life is over, no matter what game it is. Keep your head up and your heart light. It’s amazing how far they will take you.
“Your life is what your thoughts make it.” -Marcus Aurelius