To All The Athletes:
I grew up spending my days on the ice in a cold arena, but loving every minute of it. Since the age of five I haven’t spent more than two weeks off the ice in fifteen years. When the pandemic broke out many of us athletes were not able to do the sports we love. As things return back to normal, we are all able to get back to doing what we love! I recently got back on the ice for the first time in six months. I had to remind myself that;
It’s going to be a challenging journey to get back to where I once was.
It’s going to be hard mentally and physically.
Your mind is going to worry and try to think about a million things at once.
Your body is going to be sore for weeks to come.
You may want to give up.
“I’ll never be as good as I once was.”
“It’s too hard.”
“I’m too weak.”
“It’s been too long.”
But, don’t give up.
Don’t give up for the little girl who loves this sport more than anything.
Don’t give up because this sport taught you better.
This sport taught you determination, motivation and perseverance.
This sport taught you to fall and get back up.
To fall a thousand times and get back up.
You’re going to fail, a lot.
But, hard work is built in your DNA.
You will get back to where you once were.
Believing is the first step.
It will take time, but we are in this together.
Your coaches, teammates, family and friends are there to support you.
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.
On my Instagram many shared their struggles with getting back into their sport…
We are all in this together! We can push forward and achieve our goals.