This past Sunday was my 27th birthday. Damn, I’m getting old.
Okay, okay I realize I’m not ~that~ old. However, I am three years away from 30, and I’m closer to 40 than I am to 13. Not only that, I’m starting to feel the age in my joints. God save my poor knees.
All jokes aside, this past year has been the nest of my life, (which is what I will want to be able to say every year until the day I die) and I feel as if this year was filled with more growth and learning than any year prior.
In the past year, I’ve been on several trips to one of my favorite cities, I fell in love, moved to San Diego, taken risks, gotten into the best shape of my life, and so much more. It hasn’t always been roses, and it never will be.
The most important thing that I learned in the past year, was the vitality of persistence. This has been a common theme throughout my life, more aptly put, the lack of persistence. Oftentimes throughout my 27 years, when things get really challenging, I have a tendency to fade and withdraw from the situation at hand. This of course is not the correct way to handle problems. When life gets hard, when challenges arise, you fight and fight like hell. You simply cannot give in to fear and doubt.
Over the past year, I have made great strides in this area, but I still have a long way to go. I have progressed tremendously in the past year, but I still realize the is a lot of work to be done.
So for the next year, this is my goal. I want to continue to improve. I play on a Sunday League soccer team and recently have been playing fewer minutes. It is insanely frustrating, especially because I back myself as a good player. In years past I may have quit. I may have stopped showing up. That is not what I intend to do now. Instead, I have devised a plan to become a better player. To fight for my place, and to help my team improve. It is “only” a Sunday League, but I also feel as if it is a euphemism for life.
Next year, when I turn 28, I just want to be able to look back on the year and be able to say “I am really proud of myself for doing what I said I was going to do, and improving in all aspects of life,” and that is what I intend to do.
P.S. I plan to start creating more regularly again. With the World Cup looming, I want to create some content associated with the competition that developed my love for the beautiful game over twelve years ago. So be sure to follow my YouTube channel, as well as the blog and podcast. Thank you, folks!