I have learned a vast amount of things from participating in football. It has changed my entire view and perspective I have toward life. During my High School days, I was shy had low self-esteem and turned away from seemingly impossible challenges. Football has altered all of these qualities. On the first day of practice, the team warmed up stretching their legs and the players were divided and the game began. However during the game I noticed that I wasn’t able to run fast enough as I could, neither did I try to dodge the defender. I really did not want to be thrown the ball I was scared I didn’t want to be the one who lost the ball and the play gets ruined due to my mistakes. I did not want the responsibility of helping the team because I was too afraid of making a mistake. That aspect of my character led me to be the shy and quiet person I was once was in high school. I disliked asking questions in class, afraid they might be considered too stupid or dumb by my classmates. But i went to practice and everyday due to the passion of football I had and went home physically and mentally exhausted.
The coaches always used to keep me in the game hoping that I might get the confidence I needed to play the game properly. Due to the fact that coaches had seen me playing with my friends and saw a complete different person in me and mesmorized him by how good of a player I was. I had no responsibility when playing with friends nobody judged anyone this eradicated the low confidence level that I had because we were playing just for fun. As I continued to fear getting put in the game in case another player was injured in the official league tournaments . I was still afraid of making mistakes and getting blamed for my poor gameplay. As I got older and got a better view of how the world works and what a person has to do inorder for him to succeed in life was to risk failure to gain success. That the world I just one big probability game sometimes you lose sometimes you win but you keep have to take chances in life if a person need to be successful and I the professional footballers that I had as a role model were all risk takers they all had scored goal that defiantly required them to take risks. With this new thought my self confidence gradullay started to grow and I became a better as a person and as a footballer.
During the league matches I started to preform very well and the coaches started to congratulated me at my performance. But at this stage I only had self belief I still lacked the self confidence that I really needed but this soon changed at the semi final where I was faced with two decision either try to take a chance of scoring a goal from a bicycle kick or try to pass the ball to a team but that the I had chosen to take a bicycle kick. The moment I did that people were amazed they same way I used to be amazing watching professional footballers scoring magnificent goals. Two things happened at the game I missed the goal but I was applauded by many at having a go at a difficult manoeuvre the second I had the enough self confidence to take chances in life as they come towards me. Now as I dawn on my senior year of football I feel like a changed person.
Over the years, playing football has taught me what it takes to succeed. From months of tough practices, I have gained a hard work ethic. From my coaches and fellow teammates, I have learned to work well with others in a group, as it is necessary to cooperate with teammates on the playing field. But most important, I have also gained self-confidence. If I fail, it doesn’t matter if they mock or ridicule me; I’ll just try again and do it better. I realize that it is necessary to risk failure in order to gain success. The coaches have always said before games that nothing is impossible; I know that now. Now, I welcome the challenge. Whether I succeed or fail is irrelevant; it is only important that I have tried and tested myself. With the changed man that I have become I look forword to new beginnings in my life.