makes a true athlete? It is hard work, dedication, passion, and joy.
One does not do a sport unless they are madly in love with it, but
isn’t love sometimes such a complicated emotion? Being an athlete is
such a sacrifice of one’s time and body. How is it possible for one to
love something that can hurt you so much physically and mentally?
Being involved in a sport is such a love hate relationship. It is the
love of one’s team and that one moment of greatness that makes all of
it worth it. One day I would be complaining about how terrible running
is during cross country
practice and the next day I am proudly wearing my team sweatshirt
because I loved the sport I was part of. Those terrible workouts are
what makes you stronger and leads you to that moment that makes you
understand why you love that sport. That adrenaline high— the pure joy.
I have been a runner for 4 years and understand the self-sacrifice and
self-motivation that running takes. I have always been used to a sport
where you are the only one that pushes yourself to go faster. I
sacrificed my body in order to lower my time and to beat people and I
can honestly say all that pain was worth it. I loved cross-country.
That satisfaction of meeting a goal or beating a time makes all the
difference. In college I have moved on to a new sport. One where nine
people are one unit—one identity— MEN’S