Every athlete has a reason of why he or she plays the game. Every athlete has a reason of why they carry themselves the way they do. Every athlete has certain things that they keep in the back of their minds that are their constant reminder to push themselves to be the absolute best they can be. That “why” for me is 100%, without a doubt, my family.
They are my motivators, supporters, and everything in between. They are the reason that I am the athlete I am today and they are the reason why I constantly push myself to be the best I can be.
Throughout my entire athletic career, my family has been my rock. When I am struggling they are the first people I turn to, and when I succeed, they are the first people I want to tell. My mom, dad, and brother have been my constant supply of unconditional support and love throughout the entire course of my life, and for that I will always be grateful.
All three of them have taught me very important life lessons, which have undoubtedly had an Impact on how I play the game of volleyball and how I carry myself as an athlete.
Here are just a few of these lessons that I would like to share with you all.
Number 1: Never take anything too seriously and always remember to have fun.
No matter how much the game means you to or how much pressure you may put on yourself, it is so important to enjoy the time you have with your team and to have fun. The joy the game brings you and how happy you are when you play is the reason you fell in love with it, right?
Number 2: Stay humble, you will gain the respect of so many people if you do so.
Humble athletes are the best athletes. Never let successes go to your head and always remember that the game is temporary, but the reputation you obtain as a person can have a lasting impact on your life.
Number 3: Failure is a part of life. Learn from your failures and turn them into your motivators.
No one wants to lose, trust me I hate it more than anything. But, I have come to know that you learn so much more from your failures than you do your successes, and it is your failures that make you a stronger, more persistent athlete. Take these negative experiences and flip them to mean something that can positively influence your game.
Number 4: Appreciate and value every single opportunity you are given, no matter how small they may be.
It is truly a blessing to be a student athlete and to be able to play the game you love at the collegiate level. The opportunities you are given are ones that you should never take for granted. I guarantee that any athlete knows that you would not be where you are today without the support and guidance from family, friends, coaches, and trainers, so never forget to tell these people how much they mean to you.
These lessons, along with many more, have made me into the player I am today. I come into the gym everyday knowing how blessed I am to be there and how important it is for me to never take that for granted. I know how important it is to be respectful and that I should never let my actions reflect otherwise. I also never forget to have fun and smile, whether it is during a lift, practice, game, or tournament.
I would not be where I am today without my family guiding me in the right direction and showing me the ropes. So, Mom, Dad, and Jack, thank you for all that you do and continue to do for me. You are and always will be my “why”.