Sometimes takes death to think about life. Sometimes takes a tragedy.
Today I woke up with the news of the plane crash with Chapecoense soccer team delegation in Colombia.
Last week the team got a tie with San Lorenzo (Argentina) in a thrilling match and got their spot on the final of Copa Sudamericana, the second most important championship in Latin America. Chapecoense was going to play with Club Atlético Nacional in Colombia and the second match would happen in Brazil.
But not only that, in 2009 the team, from Chapecó city, in Santa Catarina State, was in Series D of the Brazilian Championship, in just 7 years they went to Series A (the elite of Brazilian soccer). With humble players that wasn’t yet soccer millionaire stars, they struggled their way to the top. That’s why they were really likeble among soccer fans from every team.
From the 81 people in the plane, only 6 were taken alive to hospitals. The goalkeeper in the video, Danilo, was rescued from the plane but died in the hospital. The other survivals are Alan Luciano Ruschel (player), Jackson Ragnar Follmann (goal keeper), Rafael Henzel (journalist) Ximena Suarez (tripulation) and Erwin Tumiri (tripulation).
“Vinieron por un sueño, parten como leyendas” (They came for a dream, they leave as legends)
We are grieving here in Brazil. It has been a tuff year for Brazilians under political and economic crisis. We are trying to solve secular issues and costumes burried so deep in our culture and ways and which doesn’t fit for us anymore. We are struggling and trying to be better. Looking for examples our leaders don’t show of brotherhood, kindness, empathy.
We cry for the families and friends, we hurt thinking about the lives of those young players and their dreams.
But going back to what I wrote in the beggining of this post, one story hits me the most.
Among the victims was the Anderson , son of Paulo Paixão, former physiscist of Brazilian Soccer team. Paulo Paixão had already lost a son (Alessandro) in 2002 because of a heart attack. “We are in shock. The good God wanted me to go throught this once again. I think this is my fate. I can’t complain about God. We must be thankful for one more day we are alive and unfortunatelly give our grief to every family today for those who are gone. I believe the situation brings reflection, people need to reflect about life. Celebrate each defeat, each victory. Every class must celebrate life with respect and careness”, said Paulo to ESPN Brazil this morning.
And that, right there is what I’m taking from this tradegy. We must think about life, we must be thankful. We must be unite. We must be respectful. Afterall we are all humans and we all need and hunger happyness.
My heart is with family and friends.
That’s how we should remeber them. #ForçaChape