I must say I do enjoy this lead up to the Christmas Festivities. As the Christmas song goes, ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’.
From a personal perspective, I enjoy the break. It’s a chance to recharge my batteries and mentally switch off. Most of all, I take great pleasure in spending time with my loved ones, in particular the excitement of seeing my children go to bed on Christmas Eve, waking up early on Christmas Day to see what Santa has brought them. Needless to say, like most people, I then over indulge in all the festive foods.
Unfortunately, not everyone can share the same benefits. Across the nation people in all walks of life work throughout this joyous time, namely emergency services who are essential to help protect us and keep us safe. However, I would also extend this to professional sportspeople, in particular footballers, whose lives are dictated by their job.
Whilst many of us will be waking up to Christmas songs, there will no doubt be a number of clubs across the country that will be working to ensure they are best prepared for the already hectic schedule of games. In preparation, they will invariably have their strict diets to adhere to, guidance of what to eat and when to eat it.
Some will also be travelling and stopping over in hotels, having to spend their Christmas’s with their workmates. I wonder how many of us would choose to spend the Christmas period with people with whom we work? As much as I enjoy the company of my work colleagues, I would much prefer to spend time with my loved ones and in the comfort of my own home which is a sentiment I hope you would agree with.
It is natural to assume that all footballers’ have lavish lifestyles, but not all play their trade at the top of the pyramid. Lower down in the football league the hotels aren’t as good, the food not much better and the distances travelled on the ‘not so executive coaches’ can be onerous.
Whilst this may be the norm for the ‘seasoned pro’, for the younger professionals this can be somewhat daunting and isolating. But given that they are deemed to be living this ‘perfect’ life this can in itself be detrimental to their own mental health. This in its own right is a much more serious and wider subject.
Don’t get me wrong I would certainly like to have their disposable income to buy presents for my children, but spending uninterrupted time with my family is priceless, as is my own health and mental well-being.
Thank you for taking the time for reading and may I take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas, or not so Merry if you are working over the festive period.