Bold writing makes everything inspiring

Friday March 7th 2014

Dia dhaoibh arís a dhaoine uaisle!

It’s so hard to believe that it’s almost March, I swear time has just sped itself up to mess with me. I’m now about halfway through my second semester and have a two week break coming up that I can spend at home. It’s unreal that I only have about 6 weeks of lectures left before I finish my first year! It seems like only yesterday that I moved to Dublin in the first place. I’m trying not to think about it too much because I will definitely miss UCD and the people I’ve met while I’ve been here. (even as I write this, my roommate Charlotte just brought me a cup of tea, sure who wouldn’t miss that ?)

UCD

I think one of the main reasons I haven’t noticed the time passing quickly is because I’m in a routine and always have something to do. From Monday to Thursday I have college, with football on various days. I travel back to Donegal every Thursday and work on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will then consist of going to mass and travelling back to Dublin where the week will start all over again. It’s a busy schedule and one that never changes but I enjoy it all.

I think that joining societies and clubs has helped me a lot at my time here in college. I am part of An Cumann Gaelach, an Irish society that promotes Irish speaking and organizes activities in Irish. These different events have given me the opportunity to talk to other Gaelagóirs both from my lectures and outside. It is a great opportunity to practise my Irish as it has gotten a little rusty since I left my Irish speaking secondary school. Although I believe this society has helped me in regards to academic things, the pitches is where I spend most of my free time.
I joined the UCD ladies football team in September and am still playing with them now. I absolutely love it. I was determined to play football here as I would be unable to train for my club back home and I wanted to keep my fitness up. That was my main reason for continuing to play- for my home club. I was extremely glad I chose to do this however as this is where I have made a majority of my friends and where the craic is had. OF COURSE during the drills it’s head down and pay attention (mostly) but during the breaks in between there is great banter. It’s a place where you can just be yourself and feel comfortable.

Sports Centre

This was always one of the things I loved about football. Especially the sense of unity. You are a team in every sense of the word. You work together, improve together and you know that everyone has your back on and off the field. Even if there is someone you are not particularly close to on the team, you know that in a match they will be working every bit as hard for you as you are for them. This was something my manager from home always drilled into us. “Don’t do it for yourself but do it for the girl beside you.. do it for the rest of the team”. I never really payed much heat to this (I thought he was talking nonsense what with him being a Dub and all but we won’t hold that against him). As I got older, however, and started thinking more seriously about football and built up more determination to win, I realized how right he was. You’ll never go out and want to do well for yourself, you just don’t want to let your team down. You never want to be the weak link so you try your hardest and give your all. It’s the only thing you can do.
A great thing about these inspiring football quotes is that they can be applied to everyday life. Try it! Take any of them as an example:

Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it.
• People who work together will win, whether it is against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.
• You have to tackle your problems, block your fears and score your points when you get the opportunity.
• It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

If you put anything in bold writing it can look inspiring. Works every time.
Although I’m fairly sure that last one was from Rocky Balboa.

Slán go fóill,

Áoise