Soccer is in my blood. It has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My family tells me I would chase and throw a ball as soon as I could. While my three sisters were going to dance class, I just wanted to be outside. It made me different as a "traditional girl" but I did not care.
Being active made me happy. I never saw a reason why I could not do anything the boys did around me. In fact, at recess at school, I preferred to play sports with the boys than hang with any of the girls. Some of the boys were intimidated by me. I remember making one boy cry when I stole the ball from him at soccer. I initially felt bad but my coach told me that I should not feel bad for playing my best. I have built on that through my athletic career.
When I was five, I spent an entire summer, working every day, to learn how to skim board. I watched other kids, I jumped all kinds of waves, and I fell a lot. But each time I learned from my mistake and got up to try again until I mastered it. My natural confidence in my abilities is always with me and as I have grown up, it has lead me to be sure that I am going to be an important player on the college team where I end up.