Soccer has been a part of my life since I was seven. I was
inspired by the soccer players and my surroundings. However, I developed that
influence into a passion by devoting myself entirely to it. My parents were
concerned about me getting injured and almost convinced me not to play soccer,
but that could not stop me from doing what I love. I decided to take the risks
regardless what my parents told me; I joined the soccer team without hesitating.
I was not great at soccer, then I took off my personal time just to train my
soccer skills such as dribbling, shooting, and passing. Day by day, one step at
a time, my abilities to play soccer had grown as well as my love to this sport.
There was one point in my life when I had this crazy dream about being a soccer
superstar one day which I knew it was not too practical for me, so I gave up on
that dream. Every now and then, soccer is more than just a hobby to me, it is a
lifestyle that affects every part of my life.
Playing soccer has many benefits and shaped me as a person, physically
and mentally, more than I thought it would. I have had ups and downs throughout
my time of playing soccer: I got injured a few times, I made mistakes during
the game that made my team lost consecutively. Despite the obstacles, I was
encouraged to persevere and recover from my mistakes. As a captain of my soccer
team in middle school, I was responsible for leading the team to victory and in
order to do that, I had to be a role model and have a voice to keep the
chemistry between my teammates alive. No matter what the result of the game
looked like, we took success or defeat with sportsmanship spirit, and I respected
and appreciated their hard work and efforts were put out on the field because
we played with our hearts and we played as a team: that is the beauty of team
sports. I love my teammates Moreover, soccer has helped me with social
interactions/relationships. It also serves as an escape from all of the stress
and burdens from the world. I have always come to the park by myself, playing
with a soccer ball as if it was my best friend.
Soccer is my heart
and soul and without it, my life would not have been the same. Soccer is what
puts a smile on my face and keeps me motivated. It is not simply just a game
itself, but because it connects everyone together. This thrilling sport gave me
the reason to strive for something great, the reason that kept me on the field
for 90 minutes every week, the reason to live my life with a passion.