YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOUR OUTLET TO SUCCESS WILL BE.
I will always will be indebted to the sport of swimming regardless of where I am in life. The sport has brought me so many opportunities from getting an education, meeting my closest friends, travel to various parts of the country, and providing another option to be physically and mentally healthy for the rest of my days. Little did my family or I expect myself to join such a sport in high school (let alone learn how to swim in 9th grade), but that one decision to step out of my comfort zone and try something different set the trajectory for the rest of my life. If I didn’t make that (major) decision for myself, and just copy and pasted the decisions of the rest of my peers, I honestly don’t know where I would be or what kind of quality of life I would have right at this moment.
Give an honest effort to try something different. You are more than just one story and one narrative. You are capable of so many great things, in more areas than one, but you might have not allowed yourself to try new experiences due to the criticisms/fears of another. Don’t let the unknown be your barrier to opportunity; take that step forward and commit to the possibility of you being great and happy with what this world has to offer!
This weekend embrace your strength and confidence to TRY new things! You may have a great future ahead of you if you’re open to at least opening the door! Increase your “I have” experiences versus your “I wish I did” account! Build great memories starting today!