A friend of mine forwarded the following Youtube link to me and it inspired me so much it deserves to be shared with many more. In ’86, inspired by the soccer world cup – a group of Thai boys made a courageous and commendable decision to change the world they found themselves in. Instead of accepting their reality they transformed it.
They lived on the island Koh Panyee – a fishing village that is home to a couple hundred people and notable for been built on stilts. Growing up there wasn’t much to do besides fishing so they spent a substantial amount of their time watching soccer on TV. On one particular day, one of the boys suggested they form a team. Their excitement was short lived when they realised they had a team but no field to play on or any soil.
A moment of brilliance and some serious thinking outside of the box led to them building a floating wooden soccer field piece by piece. The limitations of their creation meant they had to quickly develop excellent ball control or would have constant interruptions to their game by having to dive into the sea to retrieve the wet ball.
Watching this clip highlighted the following to me:
- There are many things we take for granted such as access to sports facilities. Yet there are still many people in our country who don’t have access to these privileges and long for the opportunity like the players of TMB Panyee FC.
- Instead of creating our future despite our circumstances we allow our circumstances to determine our future. If we are willing to rise above our circumstances, a bright future awaits.
- When we do what we love and passionate about not only will we have more fun we will also have moments of brilliance that will take care of our needs.
- The challenges and setbacks we face are sometimes a blessing in disguise to allow us to think different.
- When we have loved ones who support and believe in us no matter the competition we face the results are usually positive.
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit