Everyone says that they put in effort, but did they put in enough? Everyone says that they try hard, but did they truly push themselves to their limits? Everyone says, 'practice, practice, practice', but what if I told you, while they're sleeping at 6:00a.m. in the morning, I am the one outside grinding and pushing myself to make myself even better? I am Julie Ivey and I will be better than the person I was yesterday, and I will push myself to be better than those who compete against me.
For honor, for respect, and for recognition. Those are just the few things I wish to obtain. But the goal that I crave and yearn for the most, is just for my parents to be proud of me. To show after all these years of me pushing, scratching, and scraping, that I came out to be what I said I would be since I was five years old. They have pushed me this far, I can not give up now. I strive for honor, to show that it is possible to achieve the impossible. I work for respect, to show that I can do what many said I could never do. Respect is earned, not given. I look for recognition, to show that I accomplished, and became the person I aspired to be.
One of my strengths, is that I love proving people wrong. If you tell me I can't do it, I will do it just out of spite of your words. That is what sets me apart from the others. I will not bend under the pressure.