The faster things begin to move, the more we have to pay attention to what’s happening. Most people aren’t fond of it, even less people even are willing to admit it, but we are in a constant state of change; things never stay the same. We age, flowers wilt, leaves fall off of trees and get raked up and get stuffed into trash bags. However, there is always renewal and too often, we got caught up in the dying instead of the living. Life is beautiful, but it can be painful too, that’s all part of the game and the sooner that we come to terms with it, the better off we’ll be. So, if we’re all gonna die one day, then why don’t we try and feel alive as we possibly can before we kick the bucket? Some find self-destructive ways to feel alive, but those things are lies and there are no two ways about it. This world is very black and white when it comes to being healthy or unhealthy, but there is a lot of grey that exists in other areas. If you’ve got kids, their physical and mental well being is pretty important and getting them involved with a sport that they enjoy could be paramount to their ongoing development as people. There are all kinds of choices out there and there’s nothing wrong with giving them every opportunity to succeed by exposing them to as many potentially healthy physical outlets as possible. Karate, jujitsu, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and football could all be a piece of the puzzle to your kid ultimately becoming a grownup and finding happiness. I remember that when I was a kid, my parents got sick of my particularly negative attitude and shipped me off to a Colorado youth soccer camp. I wasn’t happy at first, but in retrospect, it’s the absolute best thing that they could have done for me.
I wasn’t very social and for some reason, I had a really bad attitude but Skyline Soccer played a key role In changing all of that for me. When I came home after only a week, my parents told me that I seemed like a different kid altogether. All I could remember was that there weren’t enough kids on the block to put together a respectable soccer match with, so I got on my parents case about getting me into a Denver Soccer league that fall. They were so happy to see that I was loving life now because of my introduction to the sport of Soccer, they would have done anything to keep that progression going. And guess what? It did, that was the beginning of the rest of my life and although I didn’t even play Soccer collegiately, I began to understand at that camp, that competition and physical activity was a fulfilling combination for me. I volunteer at soccer camps now during the summer, because I like to see it do the same thing for some kids that it did for me, and it fills me with a sense of joy.