But we go again…..
But we go again…..
The football season kicks off on Saturday – I cannot contain the excitement anymore.
This Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to my team – LFC.
The LFC Supporters Club is growing here in Joburg and if you want to be part of the passion then check out their website here and sign up to follow it their blog. Also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. If you into the Superbru and Fantasy League thing join us in some healthy Liverpool competition. The pool name for Superbru is South African EPL Supporters and the code for Fantasy League is 540595-139611 .
Here is to an amazing season and remember – You’ll Never Walk Alone
If you are a sporting fan you would have known that one of the biggest football matches happened this past Saturday. If you are alive you would have known about it. Not only was it Manchester United against Liverpool, it was the first time Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra played against each other since the whole racism incident. To say emotions were high is an understatement.
I went into the game knowing that it would be very far from an incident free encounter. One, if not both of them, would do something silly to further aggravate the situation. And it did happen. There is a huge debate on who was wrong. Suarez apparently didn’t want to shake Evra’s hand, Evra didn’t actually put his hand out for the handshake, Ferdinand then refused to shake Suarez’s hand, in tunnel incidents at half time and then over the top celebrations at the end. It was a mess that took away from what should have been a great game. Looking back does anyone actually remember anything about that FOOTBALL game?
This blog post is not about me saying I believe Suarez is right or wrong. I think that he received his punishment and I also think it is time to move on. I do believe though that United, Ferguson and his players need to admit their fault in the entire matter because as much as they, and some of their fans, like to believe they are not 100% innocent and the victim in all of this.
This blog is about how easily we can get swayed into something so much bigger. Please, trust me, I am not saying racism on any level is not a problem, it really is and I think that is something that can be discussed in a completely different forum. What I am saying is sometimes we focus on the wrong things. On Saturday we forgot about what a great game Liverpool and United can be, we forgot about the fight United has to get to the top and the battle Liverpool has to finish in the top four, we forgot about EPL and most importantly we forgot about football. Imagine we could all have gone into this game and thought about it as yet another game. No media debate or hype and no external commentary and input. I bet it would have been a completely different game, watched through completely different eyes all round by all fans.
Unfortunately this happens in all aspects of life. We have external forces that affect us all the time. Whether it is someone negative at work that can completely turn our productive, good mood into a bad mood and make work the last place you want to be. Or someone giving their opinion on a person, restaurant, movie, song, anything and you are no longer objectively able to judge it because there opinion is always in the back of your mind. Of course people’s opinions are important but would it not be great if we could go into situations 100% open-minded to experience it for ourselves and to make our own minds up. This would mean we couldn’t tell people about our experiences and we won’t be able to debate the pros and cons. And debate is what makes life interesting. It’s a catch 22 situation I guess where we all need to decide where we want external forces to play a part in our decisions and experiences.
So what do we do? Pick our battles I guess. Decide whether we should listen to someone or shrug them off. Respect each other’s opinions and know when to give our own. The decision is ours…..
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”