This I Believe

Michael - Cary, North Carolina
Entered on October 1, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I was always told to just be the best that I could be. When I was younger I was very competitive. I always wanted to be the best and win. I thought that being the best came naturally, and when I was younger it was easy for me to win. I thought that raw athleticism was all that you needed. I was wrong! I found out that I had to begin working much harder so I could be the best.

Growing up I was a very energetic and athletic child. I always wanted to beat people, and it came fairly easy. I enjoyed playing all the sports and doing extremely well in all of them. As I got older people started to catch up and plain talent wasn’t enough to be the best. People started to work hard and consistently and that was how they got better, I wanted to just get naturally better.

I always wanted to be the best, but not have to work for it. People began to catch up to my athleticism and became very good. This all came very hard to me, because I was so used to winning and being the best. Choosing a specific sport made it even harder! Now I was playing against people who had played soccer all there life and I had just started when I was eight. This came as a major disadvantage and I had to overcome it. As I matured, I realized it was in my hands to be the best I could be. So, I started to work at it, and it led me in the right direction. I was working very hard to be the best. I started to move up leagues and become a much better player. After just 4 years of playing soccer I had gone from the recreational league to the best classic league. I believe that I must be the best that I can be.