A Quote I Can Live By
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
This quote could just be words on a screen or piece of paper and never connect with someone on a personal level, but that is not the case for me. I feel very connected to this quote, because it relates to my life.
I have this quote posted above my bed. This my daily reminder to never stop pushing for the things I want out of life. From sports to academics to the hobbies I love, this quote is a reminder to not give up. A quote such as this teaches me to be driven, set goals high, and remain determined to achieve the standards I set for myself.
When it comes to my life, which can be kinda crazy, I just have to believe that the future will hold better times and moments. My athletic endeavors are different, because I have to have dreams and aspirations for myself if I ever want to get anywhere.
I have to believe in the beauty of my dreams and that one day my future goals will come true for me because of how much I worked towards them.
My favorite time to apply this quote is in my daily life. It is essentially saying the same thing as my second-favorite quote by Dan Quayle, “The future will be better tomorrow.” Both of these quotes are just re-emphasizing that even if today isn’t great, the future (tomorrow) is promising.
When it comes down to the end of the day and I look back on how it went for me, I use this quote to judge how well and productive my day was. If I make a new goal or achieve a goal I had set for myself already, it is a day well spent.
Now on the other days when I’m unproductive, even then I have to tell myself that I am human and we take days off to recover physically and mentally. Days off are also useful, so I don’t overwork myself to the point of not being able to reach the goals that I set for myself in the future.
While some people may find inspirational quotes a little cheesy, I find they are helpful. If you can find the right quote that connects with your life, it can help you focus on what really matters to you. Give it a try sometime!
Until next time,
My Wrestling Journey
During the 2018-2019 school year MHSAA (Missouri High School Athletic Association) decided to officially make girls wrestling a school-sanctioned sport. This is when I decided to embark upon my wrestling journey.
When I first heard of the girls team I thought it was insane, but then the head coach, Josh Ohm, who is also an assistant cross country coach approached me. Coach Ohm asked if I wanted to join, or would at least be interested in the sport. I said, "probably not."
Later that night, I talked to my three brothers about it. They told me that it would be too tough and it was probably best that I don’t do it. Despite their words and my initial reaction, I signed up in Coach Ohm's room the next day to try practices but did not make a solid commitment. I surprised myself when I officially joined three days later.
When I first started, our room was being remodeled, so off-season training was done in the band room with spare mats set down. At first, it was really bumpy and took a lot of patience to get even the simplest moves down. After the wrestling room got done, we were able to start having practices in there which was really neat since it was brand new. When school came around, I had to focus on my fall sport, cross country, but the week after that ended I was back in the wrestling room preparing for the actual season to start.
The first thing the wrestlers do is a mock tournament where they wrestle each other for varsity spots, which is considered to be our first matches of the season. This is called Black and Blue night. This was the first time I wrestled publicly and it was nerve-racking, but it was so rewarding. To see the coaches and other teammates get excited for you, it felt very welcoming from a new member's standpoint. After I won that match, I went on to finish the normal season with a 24-9 record and become a district champion for our class at the 116 lbs division. This then allowed me to go to state where I tied for 5th in the 116 lbs division.
In the off season, I’ve decided to continue my wrestling journey by joining a club team based in St. Louis. The team is called Valkyrie Wrestling, which is an all-girls team. With this team I was also able to make it on the Missouri Women’s team. This allows me to travel out of state to help represent team Missouri when we compete against other states in tournaments.
So far, I have earned six medals, one plaque, a district title, and about a thousand shirts! Nothing however, can take away from all the friends and memories I’ve made from this one sport alone. Wrestling has given me my confidence back and taught me that if this is who I choose to be, then I’m not standing alone. Who knew signing my name on a piece of loose-leaf paper could affect my life so much?