Being able to play competitive volleyball for the majority of my life has been a blessing. Ever since the sixth grade, this sport has given everything to me and has taught me some of the most important life lessons. Volleyball is one of the biggest team sports that I can think of. Each player on the court has a specific and important role: the libero and defensive specialists pass the ball and start the play, the setter runs the offense and the offense terminates the ball. You can’t set the ball without a pass, and you can’t make a kill without a set. Every single player is crucial to every single play and if one person slacks off, the whole team is doomed. Partial to the contrary, you can’t have a star player because they cannot do their job without the rest of the team. This goes with everything you do in life. No matter how far you have made it or how successful you have become, everyone has a foundation of people who has built him or her up to the person they are today. Without them, they would be nothing. Every single coach that I have played for has said that volleyball is 10% skill and 90% mental. If you hit the ball into the net or shank a pass, it’s okay. Learn from the mistake, move on, and do not do it again. We are all human and are very far from perfect. Dwelling on each mistake will only prevent you from moving forward. The feeling that you get when you know your hard work has paid off is indescribable. When your team makes a huge comeback and wins the game in five sets or when you dig a ball that was expected to hit the floor, you feel on top of the world. Embrace that feeling. Remember what it feels like. Use it as motivation for the future because you know what success feels like, and you would do anything to have that feeling once again.