When you do something for 14 of your 20 years in life, you would think it may be hard to quit. Missing everything about it, finding nothing to do but crave that thing that use to consume so much time. However, it has been quite relaxing without it. Needless to say, soccer has not completely left my life. It was a part of my past and it will always hold a dear place in my heart. I just don’t have to stress over it anymore.
Life beyond the field has been great. No more stress over playing time, 6 a.m. practices, feelings of inadequacy, and definitely no more bench time. Right before I decided to quit, I asked my friend if he missed playing his sport since he quit. He told me, less and less each day.
Soccer has always been there as a time consumer, something to stay out of trouble, an instant friend builder, and as an exercise habit. Now since it is gone, there are still time consumers, things to keep out of trouble, and friends galore. The only thing that is missing now is the exercise habit, which is slowly coming back.
Soccer is fun to play, talk about, and watch. However, when the passion for it is gone, it is generally time to move on. Once something no longer becomes fun, exciting, or easy to choose over everything else, that means the passion has gone.
Quitting something is hard to do. But when there are people who still treat you the same and make you feel included, it is much easier. I do miss soccer, but less and less each day.