Prayers for Chapecoense and Beyond

Losses are always more difficult to write about than victories.

It’s one thing to write about another close Jets loss or the Yankees missing the playoffs once again, but it’s another to talk about a significant blow to the sports world. Waking up to the news of the Chapecoense soccer team’s accident, I knew it would be a daunting task to try to put all the emotions and facts into words. I may not be a soccer fan in any sense of the word, but I do have a heart and can sympathize with those who have cheered on the small-town team with a Cinderella story cut short.

A week ago, Brazil’s Chapecoense team was on top of the world as they clinched a spot in the final of the Copa Sudoamericana tournament. The plane of 81 people, including players, staff, and crew, boarded a flight in Bolivia to head to Colombia, but due to electrical problems, the flight didn’t reach its destination.

As of late, six people were reported to still be alive, including three of the Chapecoense players, but everyone else perished.

Now imagine how the people in Brazil, especially in the small agricultural area of Chapeco, feel about their newfound hometown heroes being taken from them so soon. It really makes you question everything you’ve seen in movies or read in fairy tales, those Cinderella stories per se.

As I mentioned before, I’m not the biggest soccer fan, but I feel like this loss is just not fair. 75 lives, some of them around my age, and now a whole country is left to wonder what could have been.

At the end of the day, tragedies will happen. We may mourn differently, but it’s all about how we bounce back. Say a prayer for all of those who are left to pick up the pieces of the Chapecoense team, and remember that sports is much bigger than the victories.

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Photo via CNN.
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