how the age outgrew me

I have been a passionate football supporter for many years now (and still plenty to come from here). Throughout most of these years, I was lucky enough to still be of a certain age here most players I’d know and even see in town every now and then would be somewhat older than me, more experienced than me and, well yeah, much much cooler than I could ever expect to become! For the greater part of these years, I’d dedicate my “childish” passion to those players aged 28 – 30+, because they were much older, much more talented but would also say the occasional “hey” in the city center, giving me a good feeling about myself.
In short, I saw people I could idolize, very important at the time being when a youngster like me longed for identity and recognition.

Today, however, I wake up, seeing most players just graduating from school, starting a (professional) career or playing football at the side. And let’s face it, they are all much younger than me. A personal connection to any of them is not possible for me anymore, though I would not deny any.
The youth outgrew me, making me see football less a passion with people I’d define as “special cool guys” but a bunch of youngster willing to play for money/fame/fun who might even see me as a person of an indefinable older generation soon. Which is good, I reckon. After all, it is not the players that I should idolize, but the team I am passionate about. Players are just a commodity for a much wider plan. i do realize that now.
But I had to outgrow first…

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3 responses to “how the age outgrew me

  • sdherrington

    And let’s hope those both younger than ourselves and those younger than the ‘youngsters’ entering top flight football continue to have worthy rolemodels. Far too often our lust for ‘talent’ thrusts some very unprepared players into a spotlight they’re not really all that ready for… and some never will be.

  • ewigfan

    i think it´s time that i have to tell you something about an “open-secret” in oldenburg. all this young (or former young) players have one idol only in oldenburg. this idol is a guy with a incredible nice cap, but he is not in town always! 🙂 maybe you know about him?!
    see you

    ewigfan

  • kateshrewsday

    Strange how growing up does that….

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