Michael Essien Guest Blogs for chelseafc.com
So apparently, Michael Essien will be guest blogging for ChelseaFC.com. While I missed the first one, I have the second one here for you guys to read. He mainly talks about scoring goals and gets opinions from his friends on what it feels like to see the ball hit the back of the net. Not only is he a great photographer, he's a pretty good writer as well...
I think after today's shenanigans all the Chelsea fans need a little uplifting while Big Daddy Abramovich readies the Chelsea Appeal War Machine...
As promised I will be writing these every month and here is the second instalment
Last month the blog had some songs and song writers whom I wanted you to identify. Here are the answers:
Hello - Lionel Richie
Feel Good - James Brown
Got the Vibe - R. Kelly
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Rock You - Queen (Freddie Mercury)
We are the Champions - Queen (Freddie Mercury)
Have I missed any? Drop me an email at essteam@Michaelessiengh.com and let me know.
This month I want to tell you about the thrill of scoring goals and my celebrations:
I get asked at times how I feel when I score a goal. I have scored a few crackers in my time and although the goals have been good and important my sister thinks I need to change my celebrations (currently open arms and tongue out). It's the joy of scoring that drives this celebration.
It is extremely difficult to describe and I have been thinking about how to explain it for a while now. I will use three examples to try to illustrate it and I hope I convey my feelings.
Firstly, imagine you are on a date with a lady or guy you have been chasing for a while and he or she gives you a strong indication that they really like you. Let's take it a step further. Say this person kisses you for the first time with your eyes closed. A warm sensation runs through your body, your heart races and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. That's how I felt when the goal against Barcelona went in last season. It was a spur of the moment shot that brought instant rewards.
Let's try another example. Imagine you have walked into a room where someone in there is desperate for something you have or a service you can provide and you are able to give it to them or provide that service. You will definitely get satisfaction from the joy and happiness you see on their face. It's all about how proud you feel when you know you have contributed to their happiness. It is the same feeling I had when I scored from long range against Arsenal a few seasons ago. I knew the fans would go home satisfied and that feeling is beautiful. Difficult to express but I am sure you are starting to feel the vibe.
Thirdly, imagine it's a cold winter's day. You come in from the cold shivering and desperate for some warmth and you are given a warm cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee. Your first sip just warms your heart and puts life back into your cold body. You start to buzz instantly and the rush to your head and heart is massive. You tend to feel your energy levels rise and at times you start to think like Superman. That's why I open my arms when I score - probably wanting to fly like Superman.
I was with some friends while writing this. They are all Chelsea fans so I thought I will ask them how they felt anytime Chelsea scored a goal to get a fan's perspective on the thrills of scoring a goal.
One of them said it is like dipping Kitkat chocolate in a hot cup of coffee and letting it melt in your mouth - heaven on earth - especially when the chocolate melts and you are left with the crumbly biscuit inside.
Another said it's like being a six-year-old with Christmas, Easter, birthday and bank holidays all rolled into one and on the same day. You open your presents and the joy that comes with it, is exactly the same when Chelsea score.
One of my best friends said: 'I get such a rush and I hug anyone sat next to me.' Whether it is at home or in the stands at a stadium he has to hug the person next to him so he can enjoy the goal. I asked him what he will do if he was watching alone at home and he said: 'I tend to hug the cushions in my sofa!'
I couldn't stop laughing at that.
I am sure we all have different ways of enjoying the thrills of goalscoring. I definitely get a buzz and a thrill and like Superman I will keep opening my arms pretending to fly. Hopefully I can keep scoring and keep flying with Chelsea and Ghana.
I ♥ him.