This I Believe

Dominic - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Entered on February 16, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: setbacks

As an athlete with a dream to go pro, as every other athlete, I realized that it is very important to have a career to fall back on. I’m not saying not to go after your dreams I’m just saying to get an education to help you get set up for the rest of your life if athletics doesn’t work out.

I am a senior at valley high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a pitcher for our baseball team, the valley Vikings, with hopes to go to college. Last year I got invited to pitch for the Farmington Rattlers and the Albuquerque Pirates. By the end of the season my arm felt like it was going to fall off. That was the most that I had ever thrown in my whole life. My parents were so worried that I wasn’t going to be able to pitch this year, and we are kind of relying on my senior season to go to college. I thought my baseball career was over and I was in the dumps. My dad told me everything was going to be ok, but my mom was nagging me about getting good grades.

We ended up getting me into rehab for my arm and I got better. I am taking care of my arm now and also my grades. I have realized that I may not go pro or even get to college and that’s where my grades come in. I’m still more focused than ever.

I always believed it is important to follow your dreams, but stating the facts that not many people get a chance to shine, I believe it is important to have another career to fall back on. This I believe.