#repost @amandalorenz Special message from Coach to all the #louisvilleladysluggerskc studs & all #fastpitchsoftball #studs ・・・
I remember being uncomfortable.
Elementary school and middle school were some of my toughest years. I remember being faster and stronger than the boys. I remember all of my friends being dancers and cheerleaders. I remember feeling like an outcast. I remember thinking there was no way a boy would EVER like me. I remember feeling embarrassed that I just liked sports. I felt like l couldn’t relate to most girls. I wished I was more girly. I wished I was less strong. I wished I liked to wear skirts and dresses (I HATED THEM) I wished I could make that sleepover, or go to that birthday party. I wish I didn’t feel so... left out.
Once high school hit, I realized that I was exactly who God wanted me to be. It was cool that I was stronger than the boys. It was cool that I played softball on the weekends and didn’t have time for parties and sleepovers. It was cool that I got good grades, and it was the COOLEST that I got to go to the school of my dreams for free, and play softball.
If I have one regret so far, it’s that little me didn’t know how cool she was. How special she was. I wish I wasn’t uncomfortable. I wish that I knew my strong legs were going to get me a scholarship one day. I wish I knew that they would take me to Japan to play my favorite game. I wish that I knew how cool it was to be stronger than the boys. And how cool it was to be different.
I’m far from perfect, and I definitely have many insecurities. But I’m proud of who I am. I love that I speak my mind. I love that I have the opportunity to play for something bigger than myself. I love that I play a team sport. I’m proud of how passionate I am. I’m proud of my work ethic. I’m proud of the sacrifices I have made to be where I am. I’m proud to play this game and I’m so so proud to be a Gator.
If there’s one piece of advice I have for young girls, it is to be proud of who you are. Be proud of what you love to do. Be proud of being faster and stronger than the boys. Be proud of being different than the people around you. Being different is cool. Being YOU is cool! - 2 hours ago