Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Time time time, where are you?

Everyday has become so routine to me these days. Wake up at 0630, travel to work, reach office at 0815, leave office at 1715, eat dinner at 1800, start training at 1830, train till 0000, travel back to hall and bathe till 0045, eat supper till 0145, prepare to sleep by 0200 and then sleep for 4 hours and wake up to work again.

I am so tired everyday at work that I simply have no energy to go look for things to do. How i hope there can be just 4 more hours each day, so at least I can get more sleep and rest. I have to catch a wink whenever possible, when I am on the bus to work and when I am on the bus back. I makes me seemed like a anti-social guy before and after work, beacuase I am always trying to shun my colleages so that I can catch some much needed sleep.

I am a graduate, and last year I told myself that I will only get involve in coaching, and not as a player. But it seems as fate has it, to pull me back into the thick of the action. Well, since I am in the routine, I thought that maybe I will get less roles, or at least less than Cheerobics 2007, but I was wrong again. This time round, with just 16 man, the roles increased, and since this is going to be my 5th Cheerobics, my responsibilities increased tremendously. I always had to take the more challenging roles, be it gymnastics, tosses, partner stunts, pyramids...

I am not complaining, and in fact I relish the challenge. I want to achieve greater things and push myself to the limits. I want to help the team in all ways I can. Cheerleading is just like any other sport if you were to ask me, plus more fun and entertaining. To excel in any sport, you have to make it your lifestyle; marathon runners run everyday, soccer players kick a ball everyday and some may even sleep with the ball. To do well in cheerleading, one have to make it their lifestyle as well. Sacrifices have to be made, meaning less time for leisure, less time for sleep, less time for friends, and the list goes on. I am glad that I am able to live such a lifestyle now. At the end of the day, the sarcrifices will be worth it.

The above lifestyle is an ideal for anyone who wants to live cheerleading and improve. How I wished that I can fit into the ideal senario, but sometimes things are often non ideal. First of all, how can someone survive through a week with only 4 or less hours of sleep daily? Not with the amount of strenous trainings and work I have. With not enough sleep, the body does not gets enough rest, and the muscles and joints start to give problems. And also the immune system weakens and you fall sick easier. I probably might be able to cope with all these better a few years back when I was just 21 or 22, but now I am older and my body is not as strong and fit as it used to be. It has endured years of hard battering and the scars are begining to show now.

It is my apparent need to lead by example during training and keep doing the stunts and help spot whenever possible. However, I just hope that everyone can help me share my responsibilities in the team, let me take the occasional breather and breaks whenever possible. This is the only way I can let my candle flame burn longer, to let my lifespan increase. Handle me with care, or this 'old vehicle' will break down one day.

I also wish to think that I am super, but I guess I am only human. Sorry to my readers for having to read about my bitching. And also sorry for appearing weak in front of you guys. I guess even the king needs a break.

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