Football Musings – Tackling multiple opponents
Life is a game. We often hear these words but seldom do we realize that we are the player.Mostly, by the time the realization dawns,we have already lost the game. The truth is that life keeps setting us up against tough opponents and odds are not always in our favor,to come out victorious each time is what makes life interesting.
Post the cheerful and carefree life of school, the journey of becoming a Chartered Accountant starts. It is goes through the tempest of classes, articleship and then god forbid, the vicious cycle of May and November. Over the time the pattern of examinations, difficulty levels and the syllabus has changed and to be in sync with the change, coaching classes have evolved but so has the fear among students. The challenge becomes more and more formidable and we find ourselves stuck in the maze.There are no‘half time’, or ‘water break’ till one gets the membership number. Alas, the victory is not so sweet because during these years of tireless struggle we loose something,the loss is of alacrity of spirit and cheerfulness of mind which marks the beginning of our professional journey. To win this game or to avoid the threat of stagnancy, we need to have one important player on our side, “temperament”. Temperament is the manifestation of our hobbies and passion and is our basic nature/ behavior, how we look at things and behave towards them.
Football is my passion, whenever I fell let down and angry, which comes with the feeling of being stuck in endless monotony, the next morning I go to the football pitch and kick away all the frustration. Sometimes I just lie down and roll on the grass and relax. Some people used to consider it as a waste of time but for me it was an investment which has paid me well. Even so much so that today while my colleagues are always dispirited I’m happy knowing that a game of football is all that would take for me to rejuvenate. Several studies have pointed out the benefits of outdoor sports and its positive effects on mind. However, for me football is more than an escape route or a stress buster, it’s like a guru which teaches respect for others, humility and comradeship. These virtues can be learnt only when you are on the field. It is also a friend in need and has become a way of life. It has a certain romance to it such that I try not to miss a single Liverpool FC match.
Obviously as is said by all, a work life balance should be maintained. So, whatever the case be, don’t be afraid when teachers tell you how difficult the exams are or intimidated by stories of far off relatives boosting about their distinct relatives who managed to clear the exams in the first attempt and is younger than you in age. So, don’t get stuck in the rules, come out and play the game. Besides you learn much more about living in a game of football then in textbooks and lecture halls and this learning stays with you forever.