Friday, July 19, 2013

Getting My Sports On

So I've been doing this soccer thing for 2 months now. I mentioned back when I started that I had considerable anxiety before my first game, but that everything went fine.

I'm happy to say that now I barely think about soccer until I'm home from work on Tuesday and getting ready to go play. It was a gradual decline in anxiety and I now feel nothing but excitement to get out on the field.

While the mental part has gotten easier, the physical part has not. I've suffered minor injuries from almost every game, plus I've been diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. However, this has not stopped me from enjoying myself.

I'm actually enjoying playing soccer so much that I signed up for indoor soccer (i.e. futsal). I'm hoping it'll help me get better for outdoor soccer next summer. Futsal runs from September to March so I'll have plenty of time to practice!

I'm also hoping again this year to sign up for ice hockey. It didn't work out last year but I'm determined to play this year. I've never played in my life but I can skate confidently, and that's apparently a big plus.

It's funny, I never imagined myself playing so many sports. I was not athletic nor did I want to be until about 6 years ago. A few of my soccer teammates are in their 40-50s and are a real inspiration to me. They're some of our best players, too. I really hope I'm fortunate enough to be able to stay active as I get older. I would love for the tables to turn, where I'm the one intimidating 20-somethings with my mad soccer skillz. Just so long as my knee, ankle, toe, lungs, and elbow cooperate!

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