I played my last soccer game last night. It was the semi-final of the North Texas Premier Soccer Association "Over 40A" division spring season playoffs.
I've been talking with my wife about "retiring" for several years and sharing a hobby like tennis.
I realized last night that while I still have a few years left in me to play at that level, I've probably reached my peak in my ability to contribute, it's important to listen to your instincts. Your instincts know what is in your long-term best interest.
What does that mean? In my case, I'm in the prime of my family life, our kids range in age from 3 years old to 12 years old and I love my wife very much.
Amateur soccer championship glory is certainly a dream I can give up.
Knowing it's time to move-on and not wanting to do so at the same time is my signal. If you feel torn. If you feel you can keep doing something a little longer yet you feel a pull from another part of your life, that's the optimum moment in time to progress to the next season in your life. You leave one season of life on top and enter another season on top.