I once had the privilege of listening to some wise words of wisdom from someone much older than me. This man, in his eighties and nearing the end of his life, said something that really stuck with me.
He said, “In the end, all you really have are your stories.” This quote, issued from this old man’s mouth, really struck a chord. He was a man with numerous stories – too many to count and, as life goes on, the idea that we all collect stories to share is one that resonated in my mind.
That being said…
Do you have time for a story? If you do, please share it with me.
In the fall of 2018, a soccer team came together as it had for several seasons now since the fall of 2012. This was the high school team from Breckinridge County. This team, though, was not an average team. Thinking back to those hot July days now gets me a little teary, because I am able to take a step back and view our season as a whole.
It was a great season.
It was the best season Breckinridge County has ever seen.
Do you know the best part? It all belongs to you – the players.
This was a season where we showed up hungry and ready to play.
This was a season where we made great strides from last year’s already great season.
This was a season where we were unafraid to go toe-to-toe with powerhouse teams.
This was a season where we won the most games in school history (5).
This was also a season where we had some individual accolades.
This was a season where Bailey Caster shattered our goals in a season record (with 15) and goals in a career record (with 23).
This was a season where Autumn Rogers broke the all-time career assists record (with 7).
This was a season where Abby Shannon broke the record for most clean sheets (with 4).
This was a season where Samantha and Leah Rogers broke the all-time appearances record (with 56 each – fitting that they should share this mark since they shared the core of our defense).
The thing about these individual accolades, though (and the girls I mentioned above would be the first to say this – another reason we are an awesome team), is that none of them were possible without our entire team working together. We fought for one another. We played our hearts out for one another.
This was a great season. There is a tinge of sadness, though, because all those statements are in the past tense. Yes, our season is over. All good things eventually come to an end. However, like the wise old man I quoted earlier said, we are left with our stories.
Thank you for being one of the best parts of my life’s story. You gave me a reason to dream and a reason to believe in something special.
As long as I have breath, and as long as people have ears, I am going to share how proud I am of you all, and I am going to tell this story.
And, if I end up being an older man in his eighties like the man I quoted earlier, I know I will turn to Beth Ann, hold her wrinkled hand in mine, and say, in my most distinguished elderly voice…
“Remember our soccer team from Fall 2018? I loved that team…”
I love you all.
Coach (Mr.) Garrett