The Hockey Team

I’ve gone back to hockey! (my body hasn’t been too keen ?)

I’m too old, I’m past it, I’ve not got the stamina anymore, I’m not good enough, ‘you won’t be home on a Wednesday evening or on a Saturday’, you’re being selfish, I should be ‘cooking’ dinner!

I’m in my mid 50’s. I used to play hockey when I was at school, in my twenties and early 30’s. I loved hockey and I have never found another sport to replace the excitement, the connection with people, the team ethos, and the ability to be an individual.

I played a high standard of hockey BUT I then went into nursing and found time wasn’t on my side. The shifts I had to do and the location where I lived meant playing hockey wasn’t available. I missed it. When I finally left the hospital environment I decided to go back to it BUT the relationship I was in continually questioned why I was doing it, shouldn’t I be at home and spending time with them ….so I gave it up! It took me another 20yrs before I tried again!

This time I chose not to be a people pleaser, not to be the victim and not to let the imposter syndrome take hold. I also didn’t allow people to judge me on why I was going back. In fact I’ve had admiration, congratulations, and best of all I’ve had self-appreciation.

Playing hockey ignites me, it excites me and I feel really empowered. I really felt I needed to do it, to feel fulfilled and to connect to like minded people. It allows me to feel and be recognised as part of a team, it allows me self-expression and freedom to be an individual.

I may give up but I will be the one to choose.

Be the one to decide what you want to do with your life don’t let other people choose or decide for you.

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