As I sit in seat 11A, gazing out the window at 35,000 feet in the air, I find myself lost in thought. I am flying across the continent again as if it’s no big deal. In fact, it’s just another day in the life for me; as a professional athlete for the Utah Royals FC and Team Canada it’s all a part of the job. My life is a wild crazy adventure that takes me on hundreds of flights across the globe, visiting cities I never thought I would get to see in this lifetime. Chasing after my dreams (and literally a soccer ball) is something I can look back on and think “Wow, what an unreal life I am living!” I’m lucky enough to call myself an Olympian and professional athlete who has the opportunity to play a sport that I love, that’s both challenging yet so freaking rewarding!
It takes a very conscious and constant effort to remember to stay present – to enjoy this crazy ride that life has given me.
I have played for the Canadian National Soccer Team for the past eight years and am currently in my fifth year as a professional footballer, so you could say I’ve been doing this for a while. Many of my months are spent away from home living out of a suitcase. There are days when I have just enough hours to wash a load of laundry, pack my suitcase again, and board a bus or plane for the next road trip. This life has definitely become routine and many times I’m just cruising on autopilot, forgetting to stop and appreciate all the little moments along the way.
I Eat. Train. Sleep. Compete. Repeat. Every day, I focus on trying to step up my game, even if by one-percent more.
My workweek isn’t a typical one, and many of my weekends revolve around game days, recovery and rest. I constantly miss my friends and family, and sometimes even miss not having a fixed address. It takes a very conscious and constant effort to remember to stay present – to enjoy this crazy ride that life has given me. Luckily, not too long after a little self-check and a quick pinch to see if I’m dreaming, I find myself appreciating all the exciting highs and lows that I get from being a professional athlete. I am reminded of why I love it so much and how lucky I am to call this my job. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
- Desiree “The Destroyer“ Scott