It’s like I’ve been awake all night [pause]
I’ve been brushing my teeth for over 5mins [pause]
I didn’t finish my breakfast [pause]
Someone is talking to me, but I can’t hear them [pause]
I haven’t got the energy to do my laces [pause]
I try and smile to the parents, my mouth hardly moves [pause]
There’s 2mins to go, I am feeling worse [pause]
I take my position, there’s screaming, I can’t hear anything [pause]
Someone’s blown a whistle [pause]
The kid is lying next to me on the floor [pause]
There are cheers [pause]
I feel much better now, a full-blooded tackle [pause]
I start to breath for the first time today [pause]
Me | Age 12 | Cup Final Day
Over the weekend, one of my under 9’s football [soccer] players turned up for a game, there was fear in him before he even stepped onto the pitch. He just never made that tackle, he couldn’t get rid of those butterflies the whole time.
I felt sorry for him. It brought back a memory.
Learn to roar, learn to conquer! Never be afraid of anything on this earth! Play the game, not the occasion!