(18-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-18)
It’s been a little while since my last post and what better time to write then after a successful win. A win which guaranteed us a spot in playoffs and accomplished the ultimate goal of staying in the first league for next season.
It’s been a whirlwind the last month and a half with the ups and downs of the volleyball season , studying, and trying to make a plan within the uncertainties of my near future. But what I’ve learned, or I guess you could say relearned, throughout this process is not to stress over things which are not in my control. To embrace and enjoy every. single. moment. Sometimes you have to remind yourself to stop. Count the seconds. Watch the people speeding through the busy streets outside while you’re nestled in a comfy chair in your favourite coffee shop. Whether it’s studying, working or job-searching, I urge you for 10 minutes to close your computer, slid your phone into your pocket, and be completely aware of where you are and your surroundings. Feel grateful for everything you have in that moment.
I have two months left of my contract here in Belgium. It feels odd to acknowledge it and throughout the year I’ve found myself countless times saying, “Is it already November? ..Christmas? ..February?”. And now I’m sitting here a few days before March, baffled at the little time I have left here in Brussels. It hasn’t been a typical volleyball season. Coming from playing on teams who are always vying for a top position, it’s been hard to wrap my head around goals that expect anything less. I’ve had to rely a lot on internal motivations to prepare myself for practices and competition. But that’s not hard to do, especially when I step back and look at where I am and where I am going. With two games left in the regular season and a new goal set to take 1st place in playoff 2 (5th place overall) there is still a lot of work to be done.
May will come quickly and although there are a lot of uncertainties, what I know is this. You never know the last time you’ll be lacing up your shoes and stepping onto the court. I have yet to find another experience that brings the same chills, emotions and excitement as competing in sport. So don’t take one minute, one second for granted. Soak in the game-day jitters, the nervous energy and the thrill of those moments. Enjoy it.
Next Match: BBG @ Gent – February 27th @ 8:30pm