As you may have heard me talk about on my recent video, I set a world record on March 11th last year. Today I will share the three things, that got me to that point!
I have always been a fan of football/soccer. When I was little I played as a defender for about 6 years. I was ok, though in my final season I was named player of the year. By the time I started playing again, I was a 26 year old who was too short for defending! So I taught myself how to be an attacker. I played for a social university team, and set up my first indoor team. In 11 years I set up 8 indoor teams, 4 of which are still running today. I scored just over 500 goals in indoor and 8 in my 2 seasons playing outdoor. In 2018 I quit due to anxiety causing problems in games.
I may make a return soon. I intended on playing a few final games as in my last game, I had a big panic attack. I want to end on a high. But recently I have considered returning full time, as my mental health has improved. But we will see. Last year I hurt my knee slightly and then my shoulder. My knee I can manage but my shoulder means I cannot play right now.
When I was little, my mum gave me a copy of the Guinness Book of Records. I was amazed by these super human efforts, and I decided that I wanted to be a record holder one day. As the years passed, I assumed my chances were non existent. That I didnt have the skill or endurance that was needed. But then I found the Guinness website. All of a sudden I was finding records that I hadn’t known about!
At first, I set about making plans to break the record for the longest ever game of indoor soccer. Then we have to change to the longest ever game of futsal. Sadly I was not able to motivate people to train, so I quit the project. That was when I found the record for the most penalties taken in an hour. I realized I needed very hardly any help, so I was able to prepare mostly on my own!
You already know a lot of my story when it comes to mental illness. I have had depression and anxiety since my mid to late teens, so 20 years or so. These last 10 years its been mostly better than what it was in the first 10 years. That is aside from a period in 2015 which I will talk about later, even ones that are not football related!
Around 10 years ago, a friend’s relative had taken his own life. The was the second friend it had happened to. So my friend and I discussed ways to spread awareness for mental illness. Nothing came from this, but it sparked something in me. I felt like I had to do something, not knowing what that was, besides commenting on social media.
A perfect combination to make a great event!
Football, world records and mental illness. Three things I am and was passionate about, when I opened the Guinness’ world records page. Those 3 passions fueled my imagination, then the ideas that came. I was able to find a record that I could attempt based on 2 passions, while using the event to raise money and awareness for the third.
So where to from here? I intent to repeat the record. While trying to raise more money than last time (and break my own record). I may do that towards the end of this year. I will also attempt other records in the future, even ones not football related!
I will talk more about my attempt in 1 or 2 other posts so keep an eye out for them!
What about you? What are your passions? Can you combine them into an awesome project? Send me a message below, I would love to hear it!