twenties series: [ten] values

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i am a very stubborn individual, many people can justify that, but i am glad i am. i would never give up in what i believe in and would never give up what i love doing. what would life be without passion?? all i know is without passion, life is nothing but bland and worthless. no matter how many haters out there disapproving my decisions and love, sports is something i would not go without. people around me needs to compromise and understand what sports means to me in the grand scheme of things. i don’t know how many times i have said this, but if i have to give up and quit what i consider the most valuable things in life, what is the purpose of being alive?? i learn to set priorities and values straight and know that tennis, taekwondo, dodgeball, skiing are amongst all the activities i am addicted to. until i decide the time is right to taper down, i will pursue all that my heart desires; meaning i will continue to compete and aim at podium finishes at various competitions, hit tennis balls on the hardcourt without hesitation, play my game of dodgeball and shred the gnar with my skiing gear. and of course not to overlook that sports doesn’t make up my entire life. my family and friends are a great asset and a big part of my life for all unconditional love and support i receive from each and every one of them. special shoutouts to my parents because without them, there is no me, they gave me everything i have and got me to where i am now

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my journey at a glance

a look back at my taekwondo journey from the very beginning, snapshots capturing all the memories and special moments through it all. i am appreciative of all the people i have met along the way, the instructors and students who have shaped and built my character to make me the person i am today. i cherish very moment that i shared with fellow teammates and instructors and could never have asked for anything more. training for the nationals day in and day out, everyday for the entire month, early mornings and late nights was one of the highlights of this journey and i wouldn’t have it otherwise. i started my journey not knowing how far i would be able to go and where i would end up. little did i know i would make it to become a blackbelt with heart and soul, to be an instructor mentoring others, to have competed in numerous provincial competitions, to have competed at the grandest stage i could ask for – the nationals. injuries have plagued me throughout but i have yet to give up on a dream to be a better me. time after time my knee has disappointed me and i have ran out of possible reasons why it keeps failing me. all i want to do is get better and get back to it. i am proud of all the accomplishments and challenges overcomed to get to this point but i am not satisfied with letting go because there is so much more waiting for me. nothing beats getting healthy again and training with you all, for the next nationals and everything beyond. don’t take me away from this, don’t let this be the end, i am not ready to give up what i have fought for and what we have created