I am a junior in high school and I participate in soccer, basketball, and track. Soccer is my favorite sport and I live for the excitement of the starting whistle, the rush of the feel of a soccer ball on my foot, and the nerves before a game. This summer, my team and I worked incredibly hard during conditioning and two-a-days, and we were ready to start the season. Unfortunately, during our second game, I experienced a season-ending injury: a fracture on the top of my foot. I sat out the rest of the season while on crutches for 3 months. It was probably the hardest thing to do; watching my team without being able to contribute as much as I would have liked. This was supposed to be the ultimate season of success, but I had to take a backseat to it all on the bench. We ended up having an alright season, but we lost in the first game of Sectionals after 13 rounds of penalty kicks. Although the situation was incredibly difficult, I learned a lot. I learned to never take a moment for granted because you never know when everything can be taken away from you. Live life to the fullest and finish strong everyday because it could be over in a blink of an eye. Many tears were shed this past season, but the adversity really changed my attitude and thoughts on sports. It made me realize how lucky I am to have the ability to compete in sports, and it showed me to give 110% every day in everything I do. Sports are all about opportunity. There are opportunities everywhere and how you harness them is all up to you. Finish strong everyday and you will go to bed satisfied.