Updated: Mar 10
From the time we were little, we all set our sights on incredible dreams and aspirations. We planned to change the world and we had so much ambition and positivity to do just that. Naturally, when we get older it seems that most people’s dreams become “out of reach,” or “too crazy to even pursue.” Life gets in the way. But really, isn’t that the point of life? To strive to reach our dreams? I think from the time we were children, God placed a special desire in our heart because that is what He intended for our lives. As we get older, we will undoubtedly face obstacles on the journey to our goals, which often makes us question everything. But what if we fearlessly chased our dreams without hesitation?
Each individual will face challenges in their lifetime. They won’t always look the same person to person, but we can all relate to the struggle. I always knew I wanted to be a college basketball player. I worked my whole life to get to that point. I had several D1 offers and planned to continue playing the game at the next level, but never committed to any of those schools. My senior year of high school, I got recruited to run collegiate track after winning state in the 400 meter dash. I committed to Western Kentucky University and immediately began thinking of all the exciting things that were going to come within the next year: the benefits of being a college athlete, fun road trips with my new team, the freedom of college, and training to compete at the D1 level. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was the suffering my body was about to endure. Adapting to the training at the college level was one thing, but I suffered from a broken foot, was being told to lose weight constantly, was under a strict diet, and was also dealing with a hormone imbalance all as a freshman in college. I felt lost and confused, did I make the wrong choice?
I kept pushing to be the best athlete I could be. Although I was struggling through a lot, I was a competitor and I wasn’t going to quit. I continued to push my body, which later led to another broken bone in my foot and then eventually PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which was connected to my hormone imbalance. These injuries were not easy, but I learned a lot about my body throughout this time period.
Ultimately, I stopped running track because I felt that God had put it on my heart to pursue other things and give my body a chance to rest. Little did I know what He had planned for my future. Fast forward a year after quitting track and God placed me at Southeastern University on the women’s basketball team. Crazy things happen when we let go and just let God take control. His plans for us are so much bigger than our own and I am so thankful for what He has done in my life.
With that being said, I would be lying if I said everything was perfect now that I am fulfilling my original dream of playing college basketball. Of course, I love what I do, but it isn’t always easy. I am dealing with a chronic knee injury that leaves me struggling a lot at practices and games. I have learned ways to manage the pain but I have realized that it may never feel normal again during my time as an athlete, and I am okay with that. Some days are going to be harder than others and that is normal.
Obstacles will always be in the way. They will always creep into our lives and make us feel like we aren’t good enough. It is so important that we remember why we started and what our ultimate goals are. For me, I didn’t think I would ever have the opportunity to play basketball again, but God used track to strengthen me into a stronger version of myself before placing me in my next chapter. Never give up on your dream because you never know how God is planning to work them out.