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Letters From Coach: Trevor King

By John Kopko, 03/28/20, 11:15AM EDT


Coach Trevor reflects on his pause from Soccer

In his own words, Trevor King reflects on his experiences over the last few weeks:

“You know it’s funny what a young man recollects. Cause I don’t remember being born. I, don’t recall what I got for my first Christmas, and I don’t know when I went on my first outdoor picnic. But I do remember” …

The day the earth stood still…

At first you feel helpless, because for the first time in your life you’ve lost all control. You can no longer help who you want, go where you want, work where and when you want, and enjoy the daily lifestyle that you want.

It’s natural to begin to feel sorry for yourself and others. You begin to reflect and simply ask, why is this happening. Next you begin to plan and fill the time but its hard to ignore everything in the world around you, and focusing on daily tasks becomes increasingly difficult. As I read, reflected, prayed, and took a step back that is when I became truly humbled.

How blessed are we to be able to have these options, choices, and luxuries on a daily basis? How many people world wide wake up every day having to take precautions to stay healthy? How many people are trapped in a daily life and routine that they don’t want to return to? It was in that reflection that I chose to focus on those things that were positive, creative, kind, and I made it my daily mission to make people happy, less concerned, and remind them that they are not alone.

This is when I discovered that although we are at a distance, we have become more connected then ever. I became intrigued walking by inspirational chalk reminders, tuning into free concerts from bands and artists, watching Italy and Atlanta celebrate our medical professionals each night, and seeing thousands of Italians play nightly concerts with one another, balcony to balcony. It’s then that I thought, why can’t we always do this? Why can’t we always remind those who are alone that we are there for them? Why can’t we always spend one week a year to slow down and put ourselves in others shoes? Why can’t we always uplift others and remind them that everything is okay? Why can’t we always uplift and celebrate our medical professionals, teachers, truck drivers, and food service members?
The answer is simple. We can and we should! I miss my daily life. I miss coaching! I miss soccer! I miss my teams! I miss the freedom and choices I make every day! But just like the Michigan Jaguars FC Dearborn motto: “All on WE,” I’ve realized that this is much bigger than you and I. 

Now I’m thankful. I’m thankful for new perspectives, new understanding, and for a once in a life time opportunity to reconnect and understand how connected we all really are. In conclusion, I want to leave you with a quoted text from a video I recently watched…

“Thank you for shaking us and showing us that we are dependent on something much bigger than we think. Thank you for making us appreciate the luxury we lived in, abundance of products, freedom and health, and realizing we were taking it for granted. Thank you for stopping us to make us see how lost we were in the busyness, not having time for the most basic things. Thank you for allowing us to put aside our problems that we thought were so important, and showing us what is really important.”

And now we have to face it and learn how to embrace it with love, and with the support from our community. Thank you for this reevaluation of our lives. Thank you as we finally understand what it means that we are all connected. 

I know this isn’t easy, but I find peace in the fact that WE WILL PLAY AGAIN, but the focus might just be how happy, lucky, and blessed we are to be able to. Stay safe, stay home, keep being creative, be kind... and I can’t wait to see you all back on the pitch!

-Coach Trevor
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