There’s simply not enough thank you’s in the world for you. You have impacted me more than probably either of us realizes yet.
When I first joined, I was intimidated by the legacy and the prestige of the reputation you had created for the team. I really didn’t know what to expect or that I would leave with so many valuable lessons. I was lucky enough to spend four short years with you and walk away with a lifetime worth of knowledge.
First, I would like to thank you for being my rock when I needed absolutely anything. You made me feel comfortable coming to you with family, friend and academic problems and you always seemed to know the right thing to say and the solution. During the season, it’s no doubt that I spent more time with you and the team than my own family and vice versa. Thank you for dedicating so much of your time and heart into your team and favorite sport. Without you, it truly wouldn’t have been the same.
Second, I need to thank you for teaching me self-discipline. Because of you I now know that if you’re not fifteen minutes early, you’re actually late and believe it or not, this motto now pertains to more things in my life than just showing up to practice on time.
You taught me that a good attitude and confidence can go a long way and is the real key to success. Also, faking it until you make it is actually a real thing despite my disbelief. You always pushed me to my limit and never let me give up, even when it’s all I thought I had left to do. You proved to me that I am stronger than I think and that practice really does make perfect.
I learned throughout the years that winning isn’t everything, it’s just the cherry on top at the end of the day. Learning to work together as a team and having fun while doing it was all that really ever mattered. I finally realized that making a “mistake”, isn’t really a mistake if I learned something from it which has been one of the more valuable lessons I have ever learned. Hard work really does pay off and there will never be a time I regret giving it my all, only regrets of holding back.
Because of you, I realized how important and necessary focusing is for the mental when preparing for anything I am even slightly nervous for. You taught me that there are always consequences for my actions and how to be responsible at a young age.
Today, I truly believe my work ethic is a direct reflection of you and everything you taught me as a young adult. Your wisdom was extremely influential and has helped shape me into who I am today and who I want to be in the future.
Lastly, thank you for helping me grow every day in the sport that we both love so much. I would have never reached my goals without you by my side, rooting me on every step of the way. I will forever be thankful that you were such a big part of my life.