The Beauty of Footy

It seems a good time to talk about what football means to me, especially with the Premier League going on. For those interested, I’m an Arsenal fan – go on GUNNERS! We’re 2nd in the league currently…just saying! I enjoy watching a good game of footy with my dad but even more than that I enjoy playing it. However even MORE than both of them, I appreciate what football overtly does, which is bring people together.

Regardless of your age, gender or nationality football has a way of building bridges between people like no other sport. Everybody is your friend (if you support the same team anyway…) and you get complete strangers gathering in parks/squares laughing and cheering together. Despite the terror, corruption and political drama going in the world, football is actually a time people forget their differences for a bit and play together (for lack of a better word). My question is – is it only during football this should happen? Shouldn’t the community spirit be there all the time and not just once or twice a year? Just a thought but what if it was “football season” everyday? With various people from different cultural, religious and social backgrounds engaging with one another, as one community.

“Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.” — Jintao Hu

When God created us in His image, He still made us beautiful and authentic individuals but we are part of a larger body. The sooner we start to embrace and celebrate one another, the better. Often we live in insolation, ignoring one another’s needs and focusing on ourselves and our “own kind,” which to be frank is not the best use of our time considering we don’t live on an island to ourselves. Diversity in a local community and world at large is a valuable opportunity to enrich our mind, grow stronger and dispel preconceived notions.

Individually independent of Brexit, cultural or religious influences, we can make a conscious effort to love our neighbour. Try saying “hi!” to Bob on the street, inviting Lin for a pint, holding the door for Fatima and offer a cup of tea to Tolu. Each act of kindness/respect/love is a seed, which will reap a bountiful harvest for future generations. Helping to create the kind of world people in the future will thrive in and be thankful for.

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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