I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season, it’s definitely the best time of the year!
Like last year I’ll be spending it in the Bahamas, but before I leave town, I wanted to once again thank you all for the support and encouragement you’ve given me since April. At home I have two special photos hanging on my wall. One is of the “11” tribute during the Toronto game, and the other is one that was taken moments before my last goal against Chicago. It is surrounded by several get well messages written by fans.
This time last year, I had just played for the Congo national team, and then trained in England with Everton for 10 days. Both were great experiences. It’s those kinds of memories that drive me during my recovery, they push me to work hard because I want to regain that level I had and then surpass it. It’s going to be very hard to do it, but life is full of challenges and examples of those who overcame them. I want to be an example.
This year I learned that no matter what happens, life goes on. It doesn’t stop for any of us. That’s why I decided to keep a positive outlook on everything while staying prepared for any possible outcome. It’s the beauty of life.
This time of year is always a sad one for the players because we know we will lose some teammates and friends. I’ll miss all the guys who left us but in particular I’ll miss John Legend (James Riley). When we all got to Seattle back in 2009, he and I used to live in nearby apartments downtown. I didn’t have a car in those early days and so James would pick me up from home and we’d make the 20-30 minute drive to training while having really good conversation and getting to know each other. He made me realize the importance of being active in the community and we used to hang out a lot on the Friday/Saturday nights that we could as well. And of course, I’m a left midfielder and he’s a right back, which means there were times that we went directly against each other in training games. Those were tough, he’d win some and I’d win more lol… but my point is, he’s my friend and I’ll miss him. Bumped into him in Bellevue the other day so at least I got a chance to speak to him in person rather than just the texts we’d been sending.
I always like to go away at this time of year and recharge physically, mentally, and spiritually. The Bahamas is a great place to do that because of the weather, the beach, and also because my phone doesn’t work there which means I don’t get too distracted. It’s also a chance for me to spend some time with Dr. Myles Munroe. He’s an important figure in my life and has influenced me a lot over the last few years.
The most popular question people ask me is this: when will you play again? My response is the same now as it was the day after the injury… I am not setting any specific dates, I’ll just work myself back into shape, and when my body allows me to compete again, I will. Let me add this though, I’m getting close to that very final hurdle which we always knew would be the hardest one. It’s an exciting time and I’m ready for that final push.
Hope you enjoyed that update! See you all soon!
P.S Would be interested in hearing some of your holiday plans.. any family traditions, how much turkey/ham you plan to eat, some resolutions or goals for the next year?