We all have dreams, dreams of becoming something great, doing something great when we are younger but sometimes life gets in the way and we get a little side-tracked. If I could tell my younger self anything it would be to keep believing in yourself.
Football regardless of being a female was a great part of my life. My father is and always has been a fanatic Manchester Utd fan. Something my siblings and I inherited from him and something that I can thank him for today. I grew up in an Era of football Mainer and being from Northern Ireland you loved Manchester Utd, or you hated them. My family like millions of supporters around the world absolutely love them.
Anyone who has had the privilege to go to Old Trafford will know what I am talking about. It is called ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ for a reason.
A place where you follow your dreams, glory and happiness! The place where histories are made and rewritten.
I remember my first time at Old Trafford vividly and something I will cherish forever. The anticipation when I found out I was going and the pure joy and excitement I felt on Match Day. Walking up to the stadium you really appreciate just how many people support this great team. Families, couples, men, and ladies all walking together all with a common purpose. To see their team play. I was in awe and completely overwhelmed by everything. The sea of red tops, the singing and great spirt but nothing compared me on entering the stadium. A moment that made the hairs on the back on my neck stand up and gave me goose bumps. The atmosphere was simply electric.
I grew up following and admiring some of the greatest players in the world. Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Scholes who were led by the astounding Sir Alex Ferguson. Players that inspired so many and had such a great impact on so many lives. Influencers of our time. A team that went on to win the treble and the first side in English football to do so. A team that worked hard together and had a thirst for succeeding. They believed they could, and they did. The commitment, dedication, and passion it must have taken to achieve this we can all aspire to be.
The sacrifices they must have made, nights out, training, not seeing their friends and family all for something they honestly believed in and loved. As in life these are the attributes you need to achieve your dreams. Nothing great ever comes easy and like football you will win, and you will lose too. This is when you need the courage to keep going and never give up, sometimes you need to lose to get better. You must dig deeper and keep pushing.
“They’ll forget all the rubbish when I’ve gone, and they’ll remember the football. If only one person thinks I’m the best player in the world, that’s good enough for me.” George Best
George Best a football hero and a Manchester Utd legend. He inspired many, me included. If you can help others on your journey to greatness and touch one life, then that is the greatest gift of all.
So, I want to thank my father not only did he introduce me to the greatest team in the world he introduced me to the ‘Theatre of Dreams.’ Where anything is possible if you believe.