Dear Warrior - Own Your Journey
When it’s all said and done, your softball journey will be nothing short of an adventure. I hope that as you play this game, you experience the freedom that comes from taking ownership of your journey and that you don’t allow the opinions of others or the uncertainty of this game define you. Instead, I hope you enjoy the journey that has made you who you are today.
This sport isn’t always glamorous. It’s hardly ever fair. Maybe there have been experiences that you can’t yet make sense of and some that you would rather forget altogether. There will be moments when you feel like you’re on top of the world and others when your aching muscles and tired mind may cause you to question if the journey is worth it at all. But I promise you that you are not defined by the culmination of your highs and lows. No matter what the scoreboard says, the truth is that you were created on purpose and for a purpose.
I hope that every day you step out on the field you take proud ownership of who you are rather than just how you perform. Did you encourage a teammate today? Be proud of that. Did you respect your coaches? Be proud of that. Did you give your best even when you were tired? Be proud because your worth was never defined by how you perform and at the end of the day, what really matters is who you are, not what you do.
We play a numbers game. One day you may go 3-3 with a defensive play that deserves an ESPN top 10 ranking and the next you may be on the bench. There’s just no telling what may come and one pitch can change everything. I used to ride the highs and lows of this game (some days I still do). But the thing I’ve learned over the years is that none of these things can define me and they can’t define you either. The athlete you've become does not rise and fall based on this game.
Who you are is something that you carry inside you. You are strong because you have experienced hardship and brave because you learned to never back down. Your mountaintop moments have taught you humility and your dedication to the game has infused you with confidence.
Remember who you are. Your story is not defined by one chapter or by anyone who crosses your path. You were created on purpose and for a purpose. One day you’ll look back and see how every chapter of your journey, even the ones you would rather forget have worked together to bring you somewhere beautiful. Your worth was never defined by the ups and downs of the journey. You are your process. You are important and you are loved.
In your corner,
A Delaware native, Bekah Good studies psychology and plays softball at Arcadia University. In her free time she loves to go for runs along the Delaware Riverfront and be with her family. After graduation, she is most excited to begin her graduate education in counseling and compete in triathlons with her dad.
"One day you’ll look back and see how every chapter of your journey, even the ones you would rather forget have worked together to bring you somewhere beautiful."