As a professional athlete, I have an incredible platform to inspire, impact, and deeply affect another human being. It sets my soul on fire.
I am a multi-dimensional woman who pushes boundaries and dares to be herself.
I do realize, however, while striving to be your true self to the level I do, there will be pushback, resistance, and misunderstanding. I look at each of these experiences as an opportunity to educate and make the path potentially less daunting for anyone else that follows in my footsteps.
When I walk off the field exhausted, drenched in sweat, knowing I pushed myself to the physical, mental, and emotional limits, there is no better feeling.
I realize that labels are placed upon an individual to simplify him or her, but it is impossible to capture the essence of an individual by a few words.
Because of my compact and muscular body composition, my short hair, and my "Johawk," I have been mistaken for a boy on many occasions. Each time it happens, it feels like I have been punched in the gut. It is extremely discouraging.
There are women & girls who are pushing the boundaries for what society deems as "normal." We need these pioneers to inspire future generations to dream big and strive to achieve those dreams.
If a young girl feels comfortable to pursue her passion, we as a collective will be stronger and more equipped to face the challenges life presents.
I do realize, however, while striving to be your true self to the level I do, there will push back, resistance, and misunderstanding.
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