steve-0 (godzilla91288) wrote,

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saturn will not sleep until the sand has made us clean

its over, the hours of long practice and work. the pain and injuries, the pressure, the sacrifices. finally it reached its climax this weekend at the state tournament.

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~
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Congrats StePhen!