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As a kid, I avoided playing football at all costs – I’d much rather play on the swings– here’s why…

Not Like the Rest

I’m probably a little bit of an oddity.

You see, I’m a person that’s done a ton of endurance and sporting events. When I was younger, I played for my school football team from the ages of 11 to 16. I also played for a local football team from 10 years of age until I was 18.  

But I don’t watch any sports at all.

Not Interested

As time has passed, I’ve become more confident with who I am. In gaining that confidence, I’ve discovered that I’m not interested in watching any of the games regardless of how popular they are amongst others. It’s just not my thing.

Sticking out During my Younger Years

Memories of my early childhood remind me of just how uninterested in sports I was.

I come from a big family of:

  • Cousins
  • Brothers
  • Sisters

When we were kids, we’d have outings at the park together and eventually, we’d all wander off– everyone would spin off into different groups.

As you can imagine, a lot of the boys would be playing football and the girls would be playing on the swings.

There I was, wandering over to play on the swings with the girls rather than playing football with the boys.

Of course, the other boys always found it funny; me choosing to play with the girls instead. Over time, the constant poking and being made fun of is what led me into joining the rest of the boys to play football.

The Swings Were Better

I was about 9 years old when I started playing football. I’d be there on the field and instead of focusing on the game I’d be daydreaming– of the swings. I just had a complete lack of interest in the sport and was far more interested in my visions of playing on the swings rather than kicking a ball around.

Growing Up

As I got older, my insecurities became more apparent. It was no longer just a case of joining the boys in a game of football because they made fun of me. The older I got, the more I suffered from a sense of nervousness. It became a constant issue for me.

The interesting thing is that I discover it wasn’t that I didn’t like playing football– I did enjoy it at times. It’s that I was nervous about being around those masculine/macho characters that typically played the game. Because I was incredibly insecure and was constantly dealing with extreme bouts of worry I generally hated dealing with anything that threw me into large social environments.

Due to my nervousness and anxiety, I avoided playing sports like football as I grew up, regardless of any natural talent I had.

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