Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
I had a quote in mind for this post and then forgot it in the excitement of watching Liverpool’s incredible 5-4 victory over Norwich. I already knew the score before watching it but that’s all I knew, I certainly didn’t know Norwich equalised in the second minute of extra time or that Adam Lallana scored the winning goal for Liverpool less than a minute before the final whistle. Seeing that game and Jürgen Klopp’s reaction made me think of another quote, a Sepp Herberger one I’m quite fond of: “The ball is round, the game lasts 90 minutes. This is fact, everything else is theory.”
That game certainly lives up to that saying. Though technically the game lasted for 95 minutes but the point still stands. Some things you can count on to always be the same and everything else will go whatever way it wants to go. No matter how much you don’t want to, you have to accept that element of the unknown. And what a spectacular goal it was too, though it’s Klopp’s reaction I find the most amusing. In his interview after the Stoke game last night they asked him if he’d be getting new glasses for the final, I had no idea what they were on about because I only just saw the Norwich game in it’s entirety. Now I know, now I’ve seen his celebration and his pitch invasion. He’s certainly livening up the Premier League that’s for sure:
There’s another quote of Herberger’s I like too, this one: “After the game is before the game.”
The second one essentially means whether you’re celebrating or mourning you shouldn’t indulge in such feelings for too long, because after the game in question there’s another game to come. You need to keep focused, to not disturb or interrupt the preparations for the next game. Just because you’re team is second in the table and then team they are facing is seventeenth, does not mean you can count on a victory. The three points will not be handed to you, little is in life. I need to be reminded of that a lot, to not obsess over things. It’s easier said than done because sometimes it seems like I do nothing but obsess over social situations and mistakes I make. Analyzing your mistakes is all well and good but only if something constructive is going to come out of the process. If all you’re doing is torturing yourself and going through what-ifs and maybes then you need to put a stop to it.