everything I worked for this year was practice leading up to this, and I would finally be able to see just where i stood against the states finest
and if i was actually one of the states finest.....
my father told me around december that I was one of the best in the state, and all I had to do was believe. I dont really know if I took his advice to heart, week after week I looked at the state rankings to see me absent and when I did get there, I wasnt very high.
no, I didnt really believe
but something clicked in my head, around the time I first stepped on the mat in the lakeland center. I realized it didnt matter to me where I was ranked, what anyone thought or how good anyone was coming into this tournament. it didnt matter what was expected of me or what wasnt.
but that I loved what I did, and that I loved being out there and winning the tough matches. and that I was going to have fun this tournament, despite all the pressure and expectations.
and thats what I did.
I had so much fun that I found myself in the consolation final, beating a kid from miami 4-3 to take third, and I loved every intense, pressure filled moment of it.
I cant describe it, i dont think it has set in quite yet. I am one of the top 3 in the state.
I am so grateful to everyone that has pushed me along, and so proud of what I have accomplished.
now I know what it feels like to be one of the best~