100 Days of Happiness – Day 4

It’s easy to find sadness each day, but to find a moment of happiness is difficult. Last year, I couldn’t bring myself to finish the 100 Days of Happiness challenge. This year, I am more determined to finish it — Counting down to 2016 with Happiness!


The Happiness of Watching Manchester United

100 Days of Happiness – Day 4


I love football. In school days, I used to play goalkeeper for my class team, and had fun when I did. But I love watching football even more than playing. And I’ve supported one team since the last seventeen years, and that is Manchester United. I’ve grown up watching the greats like Schmeichel, Giggs, Scholes and van Nistelrooy make their mark under Sir Alex Ferguson, and cheered the likes of Ronaldo and Rooney too.

I remember my sister-in-law asking me if I supported United just because they were the champions. Not at all. I’ve seen few friends change their support to the likes of Barcelona and Madrid, but my support hasn’t wavered through their trophyless seasons. And it won’t in the future either. I love their attacking style. The team has been in transition for a couple of seasons now, and that’s taken its toll, with two sub-par seasons. But it seems like they’re finding their feet now under Louis van Gaal. And they’re a joy to watch.

Happiness is watching Manchester United play, and talking to my fellow Red Devils’ fans too, but most of all, it is seeing them back at the top of the points table, even if it is early in the season. It’s where the fans are accustomed to seeing them, and they’re back there after more than two years. I’m cheering them on to stay there.

(© 26th September 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

2 thoughts on “100 Days of Happiness – Day 4”

  1. Absolutely! Manchester United is something special, a feeling indescribable and an emotion nonpareil! I’ve been a Red Devils fan for over 20 years and never once have I felt about switching allegiances, even during those darkest days. For me ‘Glory, Glory, Man United’ is a call to an unflinching support and as always it gives immense pleasure watching them on the field. Beautifully written, Vinay and glad they are the top now. Hope they are solid at the perch! 🙂

    • Yes. Very special, Sreedeep. 🙂 You know, it’s so much fun to just talk about them – players, style, strategy, transfers… I don’t notice the the time fly at times! 😀 I have the song too, in my MP3 list! I hear it every so often! I hope they stay top too. 🙂

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