Once every four years, when the World Cup is held, this changes, and I become a fan.
I become a fan not because I love soccer so much, (I do enjoy soccer, but not enough to get me to sit still and watch it regularly,) I become a fan because I love the atmosphere that is created by the World Cup.
I love seeing people from all around the world come together to cheer for their respective countries.
I especially love seeing this in my home country, the United States of America. I love seeing people proudly wearing their red, white, and blue colors. I love seeing people enthusiastically waving the American flag and painting their faces.
I have seen a lot of posts on Facebook over the last couple weeks saying, sarcastically, something to effect of: "All of a sudden everyone is a soccer fan now."
I don't think it is so much that everyone is suddenly a soccer fan, I think deep down, people want to feel like they are a part of and belong to something bigger than themselves. World Cup provides this opportunity.
I wish this level of Patriotism would be displayed in day to day life. Not just in the USA, but around the world. Would it make a difference in people's day to day lives if they all felt they belonged to something larger than themselves? I certainly think so.
The below video sums up my feelings much better than I could ever articulate in writing. It is one of my favorite videos I have ever watched on Youtube. It is from the 2010 World Cup when USA player Landon Donovan scored a last minute goal against Algeria. It is one I will turn on from time to time, when I need a little extra inspiration, and when I need to remind myself that I am a part of something much bigger and much greater than just my self. I still get goosebumps every time I watch it.
I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you all are enjoying the World Cup.