Everyone in life has their jobs and sometimes we often ask ourselves why do we do what we do? For the love/money?
The question had me think about why I do this website. After the All Ireland 2020 against Dublin, I just remember seeing all the hate the Mayo players were getting and just thought enough is enough and made the decision to make the blog.
I always say there’s no Chloe Lynch without the Mayo footballers and I use the blog to give back to the players that have made such a positive impact in my life and I will never be able to thank them enough for all they have done for me.
As I mentioned in my previous post how I was a total girly girl before I began following GAA and looking back now I would never go back to those days.
The one flaw about the GAA is just the media and how it can sometimes bring you dark days when you’ve had a bad day on the field, I’ve often been asked actually why I’m always so nice but why on earth would I be negative towards the men and women who have helped me become the person I have become.
To think I was too ashamed of sharing my love for Mayo football, just proves you should take a chance in life and simply see how it goes.
I’m mostly known for writing about the players, at the beginning it was kinda just to fill the gap while the GAA was on its break but now it’s become my way of making sure everyone is included and celebrated individually because without each individual personality we wouldn’t have the amazing Mayo football we have today.
The most rewarding part of my work is moments like the picture above, To get to say I have had the likes of Matthew, James or Rob read my work and even though I have been doing this for over a year I still feel surreal thinking of it.
Throughout the club season this year, I had great moments getting to meet players and get my famous book signed.
Some would call me crazy waiting in the freezing cold for seventy minutes to meet players but it’s the moments like below that make me realise how much this crazy sport means to me.
The fact that the likes of David Clarke a twenty-year veteran asked me about my work for a good twenty minutes or the likes of James Horan even clicking the bloody link, I still have to assure myself that it really happened and they know who I am, that is something I would have dreamed about this time last year.
Out of all the memories, I’ve made I’ll never be able to pick my favourite, Brendan Harrison saying when he read my piece on him it made him happy because he was wondering would he ever play for Mayo again, James Horan reading the piece James bloody Horan !.
Putting myself out there you forget that people read your stuff, me working a normal checkout operator job being recognised I’m like who me ?. I’ve had people come up to me saying well done or loved your piece it literally makes my day.
You’d get so scared seeing so and so left a comment your like oh shite and then it turns out good, you have the likes of Fergal Boland thanking me for the article I did on him I’m like just thank you for being you.
Those of you who know me personally know how much GAA means to me and those who don’t I have no doubt ye can tell.
I would like to think I’m giving back to our footballers in a positive way even though I will never feel complete that I’ve fully given back to them.
No matter the day good or bad I’ll always show my love for our lads.
I may never be able to thank them enough for all they have done for me but they are the reason why I do what I do.
The thrills from the goals the mini heart attacks are all worth it when you follow the crazy thing that is Mayo GAA.
Heres to many more great days with Mayo and who knows what the rest of the year will entail for me.
Thanks again to everyone for their continuous support.