MANILA, Philippines -- Moving up to the seniors team wasn’t something I thought I would be doing at this age, although it was something I wanted, I just never thought I was going to be good enough.
Did you know that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take? I could have let my biggest dream slip away because I was afraid, afraid of not being good enough. I still dream of the day that I get to play with my sister and we both represent the national team, I may not be doing it in the next tournament but I know that in a few months I will.
When I was 12, I played for the U-16 national team. The tournament was held in Malaysia. We played 4 games which totaled to 360 minutes and I played less than 10 minutes. To be honest, I cried. I felt like I wasn’t good enough and that going there wasn’t worth it.
People told me that it was okay because I was still young and I had a long way to go. They were wrong. Your age does not define who you are or what you can do! I’m 15 and I train with girls and guys a lot older than me, but that doesn’t stop me from getting what I want because when my eyes are set on the prize, I can never get them off.
Training with the Malditas and Stallions at 6 am is not exactly how I thought I would be spending my summer but I’m really glad that it turned out that way. They may not know it but I learned something from each and every one of them that I know will help me become a better player.
Hard work, determination, confidence and perseverance are few things I have learned. I didn’t talk my way through to get to train with them. I worked my way up from U-16 to U-19 and finally to the senior team.
People talked about me behind my back and said things that weren’t very nice but they are the people who made me stronger. Someone told me that trying to become the best at what you do, or the best that you can be is never easy.
You will have knock backs and will have people tell you things that you don’t understand or don’t agree with but don’t let anyone tell you “you can’t” or “ you aren’t good enough.” Keep going, keep trying and prove them wrong.
Those that make it, get great rewards and the biggest reward is showing and telling yourself you’re the best that you can be. He was right because no words can explain how I feel about training with the best girls in the country. I can’t wait for the day that I play with my sister on the field and represent our beloved country.