"Success isn't given it's earned, on the track, on the field, in the gym with blood, sweat and the occasional tear" (Unknown). This quote ultimately became the outline of my lifestyle. The phrase 'ball is life' could not be truer when it comes to describing who I am. I was five years old the first time I stepped between the chalk lines and in that moment I knew my life would never be the same. I fell in the love with the game of softball and every time I laced up my cleats I could feel the passion flowing through my veins. It was rare and it was beautiful. Softball quickly became my escape outlet, as the rest of the world continued to try and pull me down. This game became a part of who I was and shaped me to be exactly the person I am today. I learned how to be a teammate, how to work with others in order to achieve a common goal. I learned the meaning of commitment and not only to commit to the game but to commit to play your heart out from the first pitch to the last. I learned responsibility, time management, and how to compete in a healthy environment. I learned to never give up or give in no matter how hard the fight was . And most importantly I learned that if you work towards your goals you will succeed and there is no greater reward than success. I am exactly the person I have strived for so long to be because of my unique bond with this sport. Twelve years ago this journey began as just a simple pastime, today though it is more than just a silly game, it is who I am.