That's what you say about little boys, isn't it? If they're lucky, they might grow up to be footballers. It's a social norm, an acceptable comment to pass on a baby. My frustration is not with the old lady. She is certainly not the first to have said it to Sam, and (I'm sure) won't be the last. My frustration is with the aspiration that lies behind it?
I'm now into my third year as an ex-athlete. Some days, I feel a real sense of purpose, others I'm still a little lost. I'm now left to my own devices after years of being told what to do, where to go, even what to wear, as a professional footballer. The world outside of sport does not have those same restrictions, which taken as a standalone point, is ultimately great, but I had gradually become institutionalised by the whole process.
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