I have big ambitions for who I will become and what I will accomplish. My whole life I have been working hard to get to where I am and what I have ahead of me, and honestly I can't stop now. I am more motivated than ever to be the best I possibly can and to even be a National Champion one day. But when that day comes, there's a few things I want you to know...
1. You worked so hard to get where you are, never give up the want to constantly learn. There is always room for improvement.
2. I know you're out there doing great things, but always stay humble and kind. You are no better than anyone else who works hard and is devoted. Don't forget the line between confidence and cockiness.
3. Don't forget your roots. As an athlete you've had so much support from Mom and Dad your whole life, even family and friends. Always thank them for cheering you on on your worst and best days, because here on out they will always be there and they will always be your number one fans.
4. Have patience and be present. Never forget these two things for they are the most important things. You will never succeed without these two intertwining concepts.
5. Have fun. You've been training so hard to get to where you are, don't be afraid to have fun; you're doing what you love!
6. Don't worry about disappointing me. I don't want you to be looking back at who you were and questioning if you're regretting things or disappointing your younger self. If you're happy with where you are in the sport than there's no regrets,
7. Remember to keep in touch with your collegiate teammates. They helped you get to where you are. Whether you liked or disliked them, they are a big part of who you are today.
8. Commit to excellence. Stay driven, keep focused, and treat every game, every shot, like it's important because it is. Put your all into it.
9. Always keep your head up and fight through the negativity. You will have your good and bad days, but never ever let that bring you down. You are strong and you are a fighter.
10. Be happy with what you're doing. Happiness is so important. You worked hard in school to be where you are as an athlete and most importantly as a young adult trying to make it big in the world. Whatever you do, whatever career path you take, please be happy doing so. If not keep searching until you are happy.
In the meantime, I'll keep working hard for you, so one day I can look back and say, "I did it".