My answer to today’s Daily Prompt is a photograph of ‘success’.
To me, success comes in many forms. It is a very personal thing. Everyone will define it differently. This photograph is just one from the end of a day when I was feeling particularly successful. There’s a short story in it… I may as well share.
Some friends decided they would enter a team into the Etiko Futsal Cup. A futsal tournament played twice a year in inner-city Melbourne. For those not in the loop, futsal is basically soccer on basketball/tennis sized courts. It’s 5-a-side. 4 and a keeper. I was asked to play. They needed a goalkeeper. Everyone always does. no-one wants that gig. What a crap job. Anyway, they asked me. I had played against them a bunch of times. Don’t think I’d played with them before that. I was keen to get the chance. These guys are terrific players.
So anyways, it’s a 30+ degree (Celsius) day and we kicked off at 9am or thereabouts. It finished about 10 or so that night. Long day. In the full sun. Hence my sunburn in the pic. I wasn’t feeling that though. Not at that point. Fairly sure I felt it the next day.
We managed to get through our group stages. Then we won the quarterfinals. Then the semi-finals. We were cruising. We were in fine form. I’d not let more than a single goal in each game. Then came the final. The sun must have been getting to me. Yeah, I’m sure that was it. We went down 2-0 in the first half.
With a late surge in the second half, we clawed back and it finished 2-2. Extra time proved useless. No score there. We entered a penalty shootout for the tournament. I was… nervous. To say the least.
I conceded my first 2 shots. Woops. Decided I should pull my finger out. I saved the last 3. My teammates scored 3. We had won the shootout 3-2. We had won the tournament. Thank the heavens… I needed a drink.
So there’s this photo of me, after a full day of keeping. And boy am I relieved. Not only did we win the Cup, but I was awarded player of the tournament. There were better options. All of my teammates, for example. The guys that kicked two goals in the last few minutes to force the shootout. But I was feeling successful nonetheless. And that day will stay with me forever. Hopefully one day I’ll get to play with them again. Thanks team!