I believe every female should have a sport that gets her mind going, her blood boiling and her heart racing. Something she can expend her competitive energy, passion and fun spirit on. It's another way to learn just a little bit more about yourself, you know?
Some are born with this knowledge and know they were meant to cheer on every football match possible, or be front and center to view every Olympics game. Others I believe have to seek out what sport gets them going. So time, patience and a learning curve are part of the "education". For me, it was the latter, learning my sport of passion more so in college. Soccer.
Or futbol to the rest of the world.
Part of it is my heritage. Being of Caribbean descent, loving the futbol is only natural. I love the length of the game, the skill required for every player, the special-ness of every solitary goal, and the fusion of the ENTIRE WORLD joined together with their differences aside to focus on the best game on earth.
And my god, the men. The most beautiful men on earth!!! (lol)
I mean, can we say "Onyewu?"
Wow. Uh, what were we talking about? lol... oh yeah..
I know many Americans don't understand or "get" futbol. And it is a sincere misfortune as learning to understand and love the game only takes the tiniest bit of open-mindedness. Just a tiny seedling. But unfortunately, I've seen over and over again the ignorance and stubbornness of many in this particular nation that block out even being open to something new. Hopefully that's not you tho...
So now, June 2010, the stage has arrived again. 100 nations (not states or cities I say, NATIONS!!!) have trained, conditioned and competed for over three YEARS to be one of the selected 32 teams to play in this very 2010 World Cup tournament. And it is magnificent.
Plus this is the first year the event has ever been in an African nation, EVER. South Africa.... Africa!!!! The beauty of the African flavor infused on the event is breath-taking.
If you're unfamiliar...check it out!
Open your mind a little and watch a game or two. It's amazing to be able to grasp the physical peakness that these players have to be in just to run the length of the field at high speed just ONCE. I mean, seriously. Us with 10, 15, 30 pounds of extra fat cannot grasp this. But I believe we're all on the journey to get there. Me, from 68 to now just 50 pounds to go until goal, I see it as a challenge. How do I get my body to function that beautifully, that seemlessly...? (More on that to come...) It is an experiment and additional education of sorts.
So again, just a reminder... it's World Cup, baby!!! Check it out. Maybe you'll find your own passion for sport, and for this game. As I said before, I believe every woman should find hers.
Meantime, I'm going to be watching every game with abated breath and heart pounding. Perhaps just the sheer tension of leaping to my feet for every goal and doing a little victory dance might burn a few well earned calories.
Live it, love it. It's the game that changes everything....!
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"If at first you don't succeed... try, try again."
With man, this is possible. With GOD, ALL things are possible.