Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Sadly this will be my last blog…Maybe not sad for you, but sad for me. The Magic U16 Boys lost this morning in the final game to the Michigan Wolves 0-2. The weather was perfect, the field was great, the fans were ready, the teams fired up, and in the end the Wolves prevailed. It is going to be a long 5-hour ride home. But the sting will wear off slowly with each mile, and eventually we'll be back to business as usual. As much as I wanted my son and his teammates to win Midwest Regionals, I can't say I am sad about missing Dallas in late July!
There is something very bittersweet about going so far only to lose, but this wasn't the first time, and it won't be the last. So it is a good life lesson learned.
In the end we have to accept that these are only games. Games may teach us things about ourselves and help us along life's path. Games may give us pleasure and may mete out disappointment. Games may be remembered for years. But in the end a game doesn't solve world hunger, end armed conflict, provide us with a family, give us enlightenment, or answer our prayers.
A game is a way to test our mettle, to provide us with entertainment, to offer us an opportunity to feel victorious for a moment or dejected for a different moment, and to grant us a group of like-minded individuals to share an afternoon or a tournament with. After that, we need to knuckle down with being parents, students, caregivers, employees, bosses, friends, and lovers.
Thanks to Iowa and Des Moines for being such great hosts. It was a wild ride and great fun. Good luck to all the US Youth Soccer Region II Champions as they head to Dallas in July. Let's make our Region proud!!