Dear HappyforHappYness Reader,
People. Through the course of my twenty-two roller coaster years of life, I’ve come to truly value one thing across all of my experiences: the people. Whether they’re parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches, teammates, co-workers, or bosses – the people who have decorated the events in my life are what have made them memorable and sometimes bearable. I feel so fortunate to have a family that I can turn to for anything, and to have teammates and friends who will stand by me no matter what, and also to have teachers, coaches, and bosses from whom I can gain an infinite amount of knowledge. It wasn’t until college that I began to truly realize my wealth in people.
College (college soccer in particular) introduced a whole new set of challenges for me. I underwent two knee surgeries, two coaching changes, and transferred universities. These obstacles have indeed made me stronger, but they have also made me wiser. With each new challenge, I found inspiration and motivation in a unique corner of my personal network. After realizing the importance and impact of people on my life, I have learned to follow the wise words of Edmund Lee: “surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see if yourself.”
Find your people,