“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — Oprah Winfrey
Passion keeps life exciting. I have enjoyed my passion since I was three years old. In my first two years, my dad was sorely disappointed because I wanted nothing to do with sports. When I was three, he introduced me to soccer and everything changed. It was a U4 (four years or younger) soccer game and I had never touched a soccer ball before. Everyone was clumping around the ball, kicking at it like their life depended on it. I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing, so I was daydreaming at midfield. In a flash, the ball was accidentally kicked to me. I knew enough to know that I should kick the ball at the minuscule PUG nets, but that was my entire knowledge of the game of soccer. The ball rolled into me and stopped, giving me a perfect opportunity to kick the ball. I swung my leg at the ball and made good contact. The ball rolled into the net for a goal. That was the moment when I found my passion. I have continued to play soccer avidly and I intend to play in the future, even as an adult. I have strived to become better through hard work and practice because it’s exciting. Soccer has challenged me to become better, physically and mentally. Not only do you have to better your skillset, you have to make intelligent, split-second decisions. A passion should entertain and excite you, but also make you strive to become better. This is what soccer has become for me.