What are you passionate about? We all have something. What is it for you? Work, a relationship, a hobby? One of my passions is writing. It is something I have been doing since I was about 13, almost 30 years now. Probably the only other thing I have done in my life for so long was playing soccer, I stopped playing a few years ago, but I played from the time I was 11 until I was 39.
I loved the competition, the comradery, the excitement of the game. Every time I played I gave 100%, some days even more. I remember the time I broke my leg. We were playing one of our last games of the regular season, we had already won enough games to make it into the playoffs, so the game that day really didn't mean much.
There was a loose ball on my end of the field, I played defense, right fullback. I was going after the ball, as well as the forward on the other team. We were both running full steam at it. I got there first and I had kicked the ball up the wing. The other player got there about a second after I did, and instead of hitting the ball he hit my leg, he kicked right through it.
As I played the ball his kick missed the ball and went right into my right shin. It all happened so suddenly, and there was nothing unusual about the play, it was something you would typically see during a soccer game, maybe a hundred times a game. Two players going for the ball, one gets it. A lot of times playing soccer you kick someone else or they kick you, not a big deal, it's part of the game, and most of the time you were not seriously injured. A lot of times if you got hurt you got right back up and shook it off, we were always taught to do that as younger players. Unfortunately this was not one of those times.
As the other player hit me I tumbled over his leg and rolled past the sideline and out of bounds. Later on my teammates would tell me that they could hear the crack when the other player hit my leg all the way across the field. They knew it was a hard hit. They knew before I did that something was wrong. I tried to stand up, I couldn't without causing myself a great deal of pain. When it happened it didn't really hurt, it happened so quickly that I didn't even feel it, but now when I tried to stand I couldn't. Putting any kind of weight on it made the pain unbearable. At first I thought that I just took a hard hit, that I would be alright in a minute. So I continued to sit on the sidelines. A couple of my teammates came over from our bench, I hand landed out of bounds on the opposite sideline. They asked how I felt. I kept assuring them that I would be alright and I just needed a few minutes.
I had rolled down my sock and loosened my shinguard, it had broken. Funny thing was that I had that pair of shinguards for about 8 years and had never washed them once. I would spray them down and clean them, but I had never put them in the washing machine until a few days before this game. Maybe I shouldn't have done that because now here I was sitting on the sideline with my broken shinguard and my broken leg.
Eventually I had to face the fact that I wasn't going to be able to walk this one off. Some friends helped me up and gave me a ride to the hospital. I was only there for a couple hours, just long enough to get some x-rays, a cast, and some pain meds.
A little while later I met my teammates out at the bar, they were happy to see me, I was happy we won the game.
When I started writing this blog today I was going to write about my passion for writing, guess it took a different direction, but that is alright because I got to tell you about another passion of mine and I was still able to indulge in my passion of writing!
I would like this blog to be entertaining for everyone, so please let me know if you have any suggestions, something you might like to see, or something that you might like to contribute. Since I originally started this blog to help build an audience and promote my book 'Cerridwen Moon' I will continue to mention the book from time to time, but I don't want to mention it so much that it just becomes annoying. I really would like this blog to be about what you want, so please tell me what that is.
Tell me what you are passionate about, and if you do get a chance please check out my latest passion, my book 'Cerridwen Moon'.
Thanks everyone! Have a great day!