Players’ Corner, Episode 6: Taking things one day at a time

posted in Specials by Saviour Gama on 26th April 2020

posted in Specials

by Saviour Gama

on 26th April 2020

Players’ Corner, Episode 6: Taking things one day at a time

Back in March or should I say, right at the beginning of it rather, my mind was totally focused on one thing. How to script a comeback in the second leg of the semi-final. We had fallen hard in the first left-leg. A 4-1 defeat is not easy to take. 

I scored in that game, but believe me, there was not an inch of happiness in my body and mind when the full-time whistle blew. 

I stormed out of the pitch and headed straight to the tunnel. We are used to setting high standards for ourselves. This was a rare occasion we failed to live up to them. 

Back at the hotel that night I couldn’t sleep. I was browsing the internet and started reading about a lot of stuff. That was the first time I really read deep into the Coronavirus situation around the world. 

Before that, I had only heard about, read some small stuff. But what I was reading was really shocking.

Gama scored the crucial away goal in the semi-final
Gama scored the crucial away goal in the semi-final

And then it came. The final was played in front of an empty stadium. Things around the country started getting cancelled. I just felt a sigh of relief that we were able to finish off our season. 

A few weeks later, the lockdown happened. It was scary, initially. I had never seen anything like this in my country or the world. Cities and countries were shutting down. People were losing their lives and jobs. Sometimes, it’s too much to take in. 

I am in Goa, in my house along with my family. I hang in there – my parents and I. I work out, I talk to friends, I see films and then try and get some sleep.

Gama and friends
I miss going out with friends

Initially, I was having trouble sleeping. My life hasn’t always been this way. I have always been an outdoors kind of a guy.  Spending so much time at home is not something I am used to. 

Thankfully, no one in my family or friends has contracted the disease. I, along with the club, have been spreading messages to let people know that it is really important to stay back at home.

This is serious. I can’t stress enough that we are all in this together. 

I am taking things one day at a time. Putting in a schedule and trying to follow it to the best of my abilities. Football and my dreams to one day play for the national team don’t allow me to slack off. Next season is a really important one for me. I feel more confident than ever and when things get normal, I want to hit the ground running. 

Saviour Gama
The work doesn’t stop

A lot of things are limited, but I am trying to make the best of the situation. Over the last few seasons, I have invested in a number of pieces of equipment to help with my fitness regime. Core fitness and band workouts help me a lot. 

The ball is a big stressbuster for me. Within the confines of my home, I can’t kick it far these days, but you really can’t lose touch. It also really helps me keep my mental side of things really in place.

I recently started watching Money Heist. I also took in Iron Fist due to a recommendation from my friend. I am re-watching a number of films as well. These are important. They make me feel good and help to keep me going. 

I am online a lot. They have been essential in the last month. 

There are tonnes of negative thoughts that have time and again crept in my mind. I try to move away from them by keeping myself busy. 

I pray a lot. I do my rosary before I go to sleep. 

Saviour Gama and his parents
My pillars of strength – my parents

I am thankful for having everyone around me even though they can’t be physically near me. Their prayers, words of encouragement and constant dialogues make me feel that I am truly blessed. 

We have taken hits all around – the deaths and the economy. I pray everyone is safe out there. I am doing everything I can to keep me and you safe.

I hope this goes away soon. It’s unfortunate, but these are the kind of events that bring the whole world together. I can only hope that when we get out of this, that will be kinder to each other and spread love.

See you on the other side.