Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Day 2050 - Soccer Fever

Balls, balls, balls ... everywhere there's balls.

I love that. 


Right now I can hardly walk out of my bedroom without falling over a soccer ball.  I turn on the TV and it's permanently on ESPN.  I walk into the lounge room to find muddy grass filled soccer boots.  I sit at my desk and behind me is a continual thud, thud, thud as my boy kicks a ball against the lounge to have it bounce back at him again.  Every waking moment it's soccer.

And I'm loving it.



All these balls, the boots, the thudding should be enough to drive me to drink.  And perhaps it will (eventually) but right now I am relieved.

Relieved and inspired.

You see, unlike his sister who's always had something she's invested her energy in, our Darby hasn't really felt a connection with anything.  It's taken a while to find his thing.

He started soccer a few years ago and enjoyed it. He even almost loved it.  But he was never really driven.  We were still driving him.

He had a break from outdoor soccer last year (mainly due to the fact we didn't get him registered in time ... it was after all the year from hell). So he tried his hand at basketball instead.

Meh.

In summer he returned to soccer via futsal and started to get really energised by it.  He had a great coach and a good team.   He felt like he fit in.

This year he's back to playing outdoor soccer and let me just say, he's driving us.  And by driving I mean hounding and hounding and hounding to ensure we tap into every possible soccer avenue.

Have I looked into the Coerver clinic yet?  When can he try out for Premier League?  Can he try out for rep team?  Have I heard back from coach yet? Do you think his team will get into Kanga Cup?

It goes on and on and on.


He's driving this.  He gets up every morning and instead of flipping on the Disney Channel he's watching A League games he's recorded from ESPN overnight.  He's always got a ball within centimetres of his foot.  He wears soccer shirts to bed.  The moment he gets home from school he's out the front yard running his own skills drills.

He's walking it, talking it, living it, breathing it.

It should drive me mad.  Mostly it doesn't.

I love that he has something he's passionate about.  I love that he has something he's good at.  I love that he has something that makes him feel good about himself and his strengths.  I love his commitment.  I love his enthusiasm.

But most of all I just love that he has something that drives him.

Inspired.  Energised.  Encouraged.  Motivated.

I love that.

Do you have something you're passionate about?

Perhaps a child that drives you?

What sport do you live and breathe at your house? 

32 comments :

  1. It's the enthusiasm that's infectious. I love the Thermomix people for that - I have no interest in cooking or getting one, but I love the way they get so excited when they talk about it...

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    1. LOL - never thought of comparing Darby's soccer enthusiasm to Thermomix ... but yeah, I guess you're right!

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  2. Of our three big kids, one is soccer mad and loves it, another enjoys soccer but isn't mad for it and the third is loving basketball these days so yes, although our household has 4 women vs 2 men (one very young, but still!) there are balls everywhere :) And it's me who has the thermie :)

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  3. Oh that's exciting! We're not really a sporty household. My eldest is driven by building things:)

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    1. Building stuff! I wish I had a builder in my family.

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  4. I think that's brilliant. I can't wait for my children to be old enough to start sport. At the moment the only thing they are passionate about is lego and trains... and there is only so many times I can push Thomas around a train track...

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    1. I was actually sad that Darby didn't get into Lego. We bought it all ... and the Mekano ... but he just didn't care to build stuff. I personally could sit for hours with a bunch of Lego.

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  5. How fantastic. My girls are 14, 15 and just turned 17 and we still have the lego table. Not that anyone admits to being into the stuff when someone is looking. Sport wise it's netball but after spending almost the entire season out with broken bones (two out of three girls) last year, this year only the one signed up.

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    1. Too many broken bones!
      Lego is much safer :)

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  6. It's great he has a passion and loves it to death! It's all dance costumes and netballs here!

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    1. I remember having to do the sequining not so many years ago for dance (OH SO MUCH sequining)

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  7. That's great! I grew up playing sport, as did most people I knew and I think it teaches us A LOT of important life lessons. Plus it helps us stay fit.

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    1. Yeah. I agree. I grew up playing netball (and riding horses). Soccer is teaching him so much more than soccer ...

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  8. That is so great that he has found something he is passionate about. I cannot wait for my girls to be a bit older and to see that light in their eyes.

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    1. Yeah, I love that he has it. His sister always had it. It just took him longer. Some people go through their whole lives without ever really getting a drive for something ... so pleased to see him with it as a child.

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  9. I love it when kids find their place. The excitement is infectious.

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    1. Yep. It sure is! Until it becomes draining (LOL) .. I'm not as young as I used to be ... but right now we are still in the infectious stage and I love it.

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  10. One of my boys does the same with basketball... Eat sleep and breath it ... And one of my daughters does the same with books... Knows everything about who is who when it comes to teenage series ... Love it

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  11. That's so great! How cool when a kid is so engrossed in a sport! That's just wonderful.

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    1. I guess I should start up my fitness regime again so I can keep up!

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  12. I remember feeling like this about netball when I was younger. I'm so glad he's found his thing and he's driven by passion. Nothing worse than pushing a kid to do something they don't enjoy. :)

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  13. Oh that is so awesome! So nice not just for him, but for you!
    My little mate is enjoying afl this year, and is just busting to be 7 so he can play actual games. I love seeing the enthusiasm!

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    1. Haha! Yes. That must be super cute to watch.
      Darby is looking forward to turning 12 so he can play full field! Which will be around double what he's playing now. I hope he knows what he's in for!

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  14. That is awesome! I love those action shots. He looks like he's loving it!

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    1. Totally loves it. I wish I could take credit for the photos. That was his sister taking those shots. So cool!

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  15. So great that he's so passionate about something he loves. When I was a kid I loved swimming. I wasn't going to be a champion at it but I loved the feeling I got when I was in the water.

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