This Is It
The journey started when I was seven years old. With spring right around the corner, and a couple months left of my second grade year, my mom signed me up to play little league baseball. It blows my mind that I now have about a month left before I play my last baseball game, ever.
One month left, and It’s all over. Growing up, baseball was a huge part of my life. On the field was where I made most of my friends and learned to socialize. I miss the times being out on the field and not having to care about anything except making sure you run to first base instead of third base when you hit the ball. After playing my first year of baseball, I grew a passion for sports. In third grade I began playing basketball and played baseball again. In basketball I played on the “Lakers” and we were the best team in the league. I started to really like sports because it became my social outlet outside of school.
As the years passed and I continued to play baseball, I started to get pretty good. I played on four all-star teams when I was in little league and when I was 10 years old, my team took 2nd in the district and had moved farther than any Everett team had in over 10 years. I played on my first select team in seventh grade and had a blast traveling playing the sport I loved. In seventh grade I also started playing sports for my middle school including football, basketball, and track. Sports continued to act as my social outlet where I would meet all of my friends and have fun at the same time.
As high school came around, I stayed involved with sports, playing tennis, basketball, and baseball. Sports taught me how to have drive and to work hard for whatever I wanted. After my sophomore year I had a change in passion and started heavily pursuing leadership and ASB. Being so involved comes with a price and I had to drop tennis and basketball to pursue what was really important to me. Now it is my senior year with only two and a half months remaining of high school. The time has flown by faster than I ever thought it could and sports was the foundation for everything I did. I learned to be competitive, hardworking, a leader, confident, and committed. I have been blessed to have been able to play as many sports as I have.
Time goes by fast. Sports have done wonders for me in my life and I’m thankful for all of the coaches and mentors I’ve had along the way. I encourage you wherever you are to maybe step out of your comfort zone and try something new like a sport you’ve always wanted to play, but haven’t. I know that if you’re reading this, you’re most likely some high school student in the state of Washington who plays at least one sport and you’re probably wondering why it’s taking so long to get to summer. Hear me when I say this, enjoy the time while you have it. Time is money, and you only have so much of it, so spend it doing the things you love whether that may be sports, leadership, band, choir, hanging out with friends, whatever it may be, do what you love with all you have and you will have fulfilling life.