Having a "Bucket List" seems like something a lot of people have. Whether it is something done half-heartedly as a homework assignment, something done after a sudden illness or something done after watching the movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, many people have such a list. I'm not entirely sure when, or why, but a while back I started The list sits on the desktop of my computer. down different things that filled my bucket list. The list sits on the desktop of my computer. There are certain things I want to accomplish before my time on Earth is done. Specific things I want to see, or experience. This past weekend I was able to cross off an item on my bucket list:
See a game at Anfield with my brother.
Anfield is home to the greatest soccer team out there, Liverpool FC. Okay, maybe they're not having the greatest season right now, and they haven't won a major trophy in quite a while, but they're still my favorite soccer team. When I was a freshmen in high school I was able to travel to Liverpool and take a tour of the stadium. Seeing the stadium, smelling the grass, and walking through the locker room made me an instant fan. Ever since then, I have wanted to get back to the stadium and see a game.
This past weekend my brother flew to London, and I made the short flight to meet him there. It was such an incredible and rich weekend. I don't get to spend a lot of time with my brother, so whenever we are together I soak in every minute. The weekend proved to be a time where we could catch up on what has been going on in our lives, but also simply enjoying being together. Sometimes I have to laugh because when we're together we're not always talking, sometimes there are long moments of silence. But I'm completely content in those moments because simply being in the presence of my brother is good enough for me.
We had some time together on Friday night to go out and enjoy the city of London. Despite the constant drizzle, I truly enjoyed walking around the city. I was thrilled to in a sense simply sit back and watch my brother be himself. I am amazed and envious of the way in which he can instantly befriend anyone and everyone. His sense of humor and sharp wit make him entertaining to be around, and an unforgettable customer. You simply need to ask our waiter at an Indian restaurant whether or not Philip wanted something "spicy" to understand my brother's ability to get along with anyone. On the train up to Liverpool we became friends with a guy named Darren (I say "we" because we all met him, but it was really Philip who initiated everything). Darren is a season ticket holder who showed us how to get a taxi to the stadium, where to get some classic fish N chips, and hang out with the locals before the game. On the train ride back we made more friends with more Liverpool fans, and Philip even got a few of them singing a Rascal Flatts song on the train. Truly an unforgettable time.
Of course, there was the actual game that we saw. I love soccer, and love watching the game. I am always amazed at how fast the speed of play is, and how tactically sound the players are. My favorite player is Steven Gerrard, who plays for Liverpool. I had a great time watching him play and studying how he moved, and how he passed. Thankfully Liverpool pulled out a 1-0 victory. They didn't play particularly well, but a victory is a victory. We'll take it.
I want to say a huge thank you to my brother who made this all happen. It was a phenomenal weekend, and one I will not forget. I have dreamed of getting to a game and you made it better than I could have ever anticipated. Thank you.
You'll Never Walk Alone.