I don’t even like soccer. I get the appeal of the sport. Someone once told me, “Put a ball in front of kid and watch what s/he does.” They kick it.
Soccer or football the most popular sport on the planet. Still I don’t care for it. But the Japan – US World Cup Final match captured my attention, too.
It was a match that was impossible for me, a blogger, to lose. I was going to be completely happy no matter who won. Really.
I am American. Made in America. 100% American parts.
Both of my boys, Benjamin and Micah, however, were made in Japan with Japanese and American parts. I spent nearly 20 years in Japan and learned to love many things about the country. Not everything, of course. But then there are some things about America that aren’t all peaches and cream either.
I wanted the Americans to win. I have a patriotic streak as strong or maybe stronger than most. I gave Uncle Sam almost 5 years of service because I love my country.
I wanted the Japanese to win. They hadn’t beaten the Americans in 27 tries. They were smaller. Their country has been taking a beating in many ways…earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear disasters and the economy. Those little girls had a chance to give a nation a lift…and they did, they are. How cool is that!?
I love scrappy people. I love tenacious people. I love when little people beat big people just because they try harder.
It is this kind of person who can find success in the blogosphere as well.
Head down – write, write, write. Stay with it – write, write, write. And sometimes the small-time blogger can out rank the big time blogs if they write, write, write. I know it works. It worked for me.
Congratulations, Japan! Well fought America!