Sunday, July 17, 2011

To give everything you've got... and lose.

I'm sure we all, or at least most of us, remember this:

Even those who didn't care about the US Women's Soccer World Cup victory back in 1999 saw this picture plastered all over the TV and newspapers.

I happened to be one of those who watched this game, as I've been a diehard soccer player since the age of five.

My friends and family refer to it as 'the sport that never ends'.

Its true. When the fall season ends, the indoor season begins, which then leads into the High School season in spring, followed by a tournament every weekend in summer, usually in another state. It took control of your life. You gave it everything you had.

And I loved it.

I can only imagine how much it has to hurt to put in all that effort, times a million, to get the chance to be one of the lucky ladies on the 2011 US Women's team...

And to lose the most important game of your life by a shootout.

Which is what happened today when the US Women played Japan in the World Cup final. They dominated most of the game but only managed to get two goals in. They also managed to let two goals slip by.

And in the end, Japan made more in the shootout than we did...

All that hard work. The training, the traveling, the injuries, the recoveries, the self-doubt that they had to go through to be in that place, to have a chance at being #1, and they let it slip through their fingers.

It has to be one of the worst feelings in the world.

But the devistation will subside, and most, if not all of the girls will come back for the next one in four years. They will do it to themselves again, giving everything they've got to the game.

Because they love it.

And there is something really awesome about giving everything you've got.

What do you (did you) give everything to in your life?

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