Its a known fact that even in our professional lives, we are still human. We have personal lives, social time, and our lives back home. There are simply those times when the latter falls apart. In fact when our home lives fall apart, it couldn’t come at a worse time. We are up for a promotion. That final project we have been working on is almost up for completion, and a very important meeting is being arranged by the higher-ups to see if we are worthy of making partner, having part ownership in the company, or even joining the team of big players. The date has been set. Your presence, presentation, and performance is expected to be there. Others have set aside time in their schedules, and so they expect to see how valuable you are at the company.
Uh oh! There is bad news. Something has taken place at home, and you don’t know what to do. Goodness! What perfect timing!
In the realm of international, competitive sports, and professional sports, there is only one thing that matters-how you play the game. Who wins and who loses. That’s it. The job doesn’t care about problems back home. Your personal problems, or political ones. No one cares about your emotional feelings, or if you feel up to the. . .challenge. It comes down to this. Who will be victorious and who will lose? That’s it. So, if you come to the world of professional sports, you better perform. . .and perform, well. Its like any other job. Sure, you can call in sick at the last minute. Or decide that you have problems back back at home, literally. You have that choice, right? Yet, in the world of professional sports, if you decide to do that, there are no “do-overs,” or “make-ups.” You decide not to come in for that job, you stay home. . .for good. At a high-level, international championship game, where the world is watching you, even if you don’t feel good and have problems back at home, you woman up, tough it up, suck it up, and. . .play. Whatever emotions you are feeling, you use the game to release them. Because the truth of the matter is that your reputation is on the line. Can you do the job even if your home is falling apart? Its difficult and downright painful, when you are going through horrendous situations back in your home life. Yet, to be on a team, and have supportive colleagues, makes the task less stressful. In fact, that team bonding is even therapeutic.
The recent finals for the 2019 Women’s African Nation’s Volleyball Championships (July 7-15, 2019) would test the Lionesses of Cameroon. Much was at stake. In a previous piece, we already highlighted a blow dealt to Cameroon, after losing an opportunity to serve as host for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. The courage it took to simply show up for the job. And to perform to the best of one’s capability. It takes courage. It takes heart. Most importantly, it takes the ability for one to still show up, even if it means one will lose. The mighty Lions did leave an imprint at this year’s African Cup of Nations in Cairo, Egypt. An imprint that the Lionesses would have to fill. Not only did they fill it, but left new steps, of footprints’ design.
As international champions of the 2019 African Women’s Volleyball Championships, the Lionesses had added many flames to Cameroon’s fire. To have represented Cameroon, on a world stage (in a positive light) is the epitome of having to whew management, at that major, corporate meeting . How well can you impress the company, and snag a win for them on an international level. This phenomenal win has already set the standard for future colleagues in this corporation. They just have to be willing to believe in the face of uncertainty. Working to achieve in impossible circumstances, and thrive in difficult times, for present paths.
What makes this victory for Cameroon an auspicious one, is the vigilance of their feminine image. Yes, the Mother and Maiden images of Cameroon. The fact that the women’s volleyball team achieved this feat, makes the possibilities of change more of a reality. Being a mother in the professional realm of sports is even more pressing. Working mothers bring a whole new vibe, and knowledge, in dealing with work and home life. They show what it means to have to keep going, even when the home front is chaotic. A rather poignant lesson, isn’t? Which means that there are no excuses for those, who don’t have to battle the responsibilities of a working Mom. That times will get better, and tough times will end. It may take time, but. . . they will end.
And then, there are those stilled images, serving as the living proof of victory. The images of the Cameroonian women players, themselves. Those picturesque views of lionesses, united together in their performance for the sport of volleyball. Circled among each other, as representatives of Cameroon’s life cycle. Images of motherhood. Showcasing the Cameroonian, national women’s volleyball team, as mothers and career women. Professional athletes, who make time for the babies, while away. Such are the messages, relayed in these photos. Living in life, while birthing it, as well. That’s the power of womanhood.
These healthy and nurturing images of motherhood and athletics, shows the femininity of sports. That athletics does embody the ability for humanity to maneuver through Earth’s forces. Testing their ability to push through her difficult terrains, and using fellow journeymen, and journey women, nearby. In addition, it is one of those teachable moments, which shows just how women are able to continue Earth’s life-growing tendencies, while still navigating her patterns.
Its a shame that this final championship match didn’t receive the same as the African Cup of Nations. Then again, maybe it didn’t need to. Some things are so sacred, that they are only left to those, seeking knowledge‘s truth. Those desiring to witness a phenomenon, void in mainstream media’s lens. That’s the gist of it.
There are tough times happening in Cameroon. Lots of uncertainties in store. However, its the tough people, who overcome those intense times of the day. Those people, press on, create, and overcome, in the midst of challenging circumstances. They’re the colleagues, who despite family issues and home instabilities, they still give it their best. They fight battles, that many of us are unaware of. Simultaneously, they are the ones who also rely on support from loving colleagues on the job. And, its that support, which carries them through. Lots of things to ponder upon. Many concerns and decisions on the best roads, to be taken. Yes, its up in the air. And its the waiting part, which can be the most agonizing and frustrating.
Yet, during those moments of anger, rage, frustration and despair, Cameroon, remember this day. . .remember that time. Remember in the summer of 2019, when the Lionesses were in Egypt to hunt. Standing together, in their pack, they were not only expected to show up for work; but to earn that high-level project for the company. In this situation, it was more than about showing up. They were expected to perform well. A team win is more than a victory. That feeling you receive when you and your colleagues, each played their role. Its the unity and support, which makes securing that final prize less stressful. As you know that you are not standing on your own. They contributed their part, and supported their teammates, along the way. It is a reckoning. A prediction of sunnier days, ahead. Losing one opportunity challenged the Lionesses to create another. The challenge of showing Egypt, and the international community, that Cameroon would stand up, and play out. Play, they did.
So, roar on Lionesses, forward in hinting for victory and zeal! Its only a matter-of- time until instability. . .yields. Its a lot to look forward to, in the fruition that time, wields. Roar on Lionesses, roar in prideful. . .fields.