“I learned all about life with a ball at my feet” by Ronaldinho
The thing I chose to write about is a quote by one of my favorite soccer players. I know it is about soccer and sports, but that is something I grew up with since I was 4 years old. My life revolves around soccer and me being busting my butt every day. First thing first, it first mentions about I learned about life. My life in middle school and high school was mainly wake up, school, soccer, eat, sleep then repeat every day with some games on the weekends. I didn’t get to be a “normal” teenager and go to school dances or go to football games or just date a guy because no one really understood my passion of becoming a division one athlete. Secondly, this ties to the first part, I would always be traveling because of soccer. I traveled on planes alone all the time. I had to grow up pretty quickly because dealing with buying your own tickets, trying to Uber from your hotel to the airport or figuring out how you’re going to pay for meals on your own without a part there like doing the tip is hard for a girl that is barely 14 and everyone else has their parents there. I am so grateful for this experience though because I do feel like I matured faster than the average teenager. Soccer has taught me how to be patient, how to be a hard worker, how to stay committed and dedicated, and also to never give up. I learned how to talk to adults and not be disrespectful when I was on trips with other teammate’s parents. So basically “a ball at my feet” means playing soccer all the time.
“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is watching.” by Mia Hamm
The second quote I chose to write about is by my favorite female soccer player, Mi Hamm. Manly people think that athletes just train when they have practice. For some this is true, but that is how you stay mediocre. As I was talking about in the first quote was commitment. This meaning that if you’re not willing to work when no one is watching then what is the point in someone thinking they want to play at the next level. This quote can really relate to anything like school for example. Let’s say you’re not really good at math. You are going to work those practice problems till you get it right and it is imprinted in your brain, you many not necessarily be alone, but you thinking you need to be better will help you succeed your goal of being great at whatever you’re learning in math. This also can go for work. If you want a promotion or just to be known as the best at what you do, you have to be willing to work late, work hard, and deal with people you may not really want to. Quotes like this makes me want to go to training hard, but on my “days off” train even harder to become the best.