By definition a celebration is doing something special or enjoyable for an important event. Sometimes we celebrate by praising someone or something for a great outcome.
In soccer and in life there are many earned celebrations. The most common celebration is for a goal due to the great importance of scoring in order to win a match. Of course there are many important moments in a play that leads up to a goal and for that reason a team celebration is the usual event.
The emotion felt and shared by others who witness an accomplishment is a great feeling. Sometimes it can be recognition from the least expected people however there is no denying the greatness that was displayed.
That is why you’ll see events such as a standing ovation for Ronaldinho’s performance at the Bernabeu, same with Del Piero at the same stadium. Another example is when the Juventus fans applauded the bicycle kick of Ronaldo when he was playing for Madrid and they knocked Juventus out of the Champions league. The opposing fans offering a moment of respect and appreciation for greatness is what sportsmanship and respect is all about and deserves to be celebrated.
Goalkeepers will celebrate their save of a penalty, defenders might express their relief and pride in a perfectly timed tackle and forwards might point to the midfielder who played the perfect ball for them to finish the play.
There will be various reasons to celebrate while we navigate our way through our own game of life. As we fight and push towards achieving our goals we should acknowledge and celebrate the important challenges conquered. It is ok for us to celebrate going 1-0 ahead as long as we understand that the game is not over.
The ball will return to the middle of the field and it is back to work defending our territory and beliefs while attacking the areas that will lead to another goal.
Celebrations do not come natural to me, however I understand the value in them. I am sure there will be many celebrations for all of us this year and we should not let them go unnoticed…
Yours in soccer,