Dear High School Self,
As you stand on the precipice of an exciting journey in the world of sports, I want to impart some insights and advice that might guide you along the way. As a former college athlete, I have walked the path you are about to embark on, and there are a few things I wish I could have told you then about the future of playing sports.
Embrace the Journey
First and foremost, relish every moment of your athletic journey. The countless hours of practice, the victories, the defeats, the camaraderie—you will look back on these experiences with fondness and gratitude. Each step will shape you, not only as an athlete but as a person.
Work Ethic and Perseverance
In college, the competition intensifies, and so should your work ethic. Embrace every practice, game, and conditioning session as an opportunity to grow. The road to success will have its ups and downs, but your unwavering perseverance will carry you through.
Balancing Academics and Athletics
College demands a delicate balance between academics and athletics. Time management and discipline will be your best allies. Stay organized, prioritize your responsibilities, and use your time wisely. Success in both realms is achievable with the right mindset and effort.
Cherish the Team
The bonds you forge with teammates will endure beyond your playing years. The support, friendship, and shared experiences will shape lifelong connections. Embrace the diversity of personalities and backgrounds, for these differences will enrich your journey.
Injuries: A Test of Resilience
Injuries are part of an athlete’s life. They will test your resilience and mental fortitude. Use these setbacks as opportunities to learn, grow stronger, and come back even better. Seek proper rehabilitation and surround yourself with a strong support system during challenging times.
Enjoy the Present, but Plan for the Future
While you’re immersed in the present, it’s essential to plan for life after competitive sports. Your athletic career may not last forever, and having a clear vision and a plan for your future is crucial. Pursue education, internships, or skill development that aligns with your passions and aspirations.
Give Back to the Community
Remember where you came from and the people who supported you along the way. Use your platform and experiences to inspire and help others. Mentor aspiring athletes, volunteer in your community, and be a beacon of hope and encouragement to those who need it.
To My Parents
Remember to say thank you. Don’t just thank them when you win or arrive at a game on-time. Thank them for all the support they will show you, especially when you lose. Don’t be too hard on them. They are your biggest fans.
As you venture into the world of collegiate athletics, embrace the journey with open arms. Stay committed to your passion for sports, cultivate resilience, and cherish the relationships you build. Your high school self laid the foundation, and your collegiate self will continue to shape the future of playing sports. The lessons you learn along the way will not only define your athletic career but will enrich your life in unimaginable ways.
With love and guidance,
Your Future Self
The Sport Lady has been a lifelong sports enthusiast. She believes that sports have the power to unite people, create common bonds, and foster shared experiences. As a wife and mother of sports lovers, she is passionate about her favorite teams and cherishes every opportunity to watch them play. For her, every day is game day!