Swimming has been apart of me for pretty much the whole year. Everyday I encounter pain and joy at the same time. I chose swimming to be apart of my curation because the theme is about fighting, fighting for my future and my goals. Swimming has to taught me to fight even when I don't want to. I have grown as a person by enhancing my ability to be more social and step out of my comfort zone. It has also given me the ability to utilize my time more efficiently. I have sculpted my future with the help of swimming and it has opened my doors to new opportunities. Ever since swim my outlook on life has changed and my determination for things have strengthened. This year I have made swim a priority and people around me have noticed very quickly. This is because I see a future with swim. Moments where my mom and coaches push me sometimes bother me because it gets hard to balance it all with school and swim. But it also reminds me that people care. My mom has reminded me a lot that I have to keep fighting when others give up because that is what sets me apart from them.
I chose Lauren Fisher to be apart of my curation because there have been a lot of times during the year when I'm training and can't take the pain any longer. I would ask myself "What would Lauren do?" then remind myself giving up is not an option. She is such an empowering person and I have found a true love for training with the help of her and her success. She is apart of my curation because she is a motivator and every time I watch her compete, I can see the fighter in her. This year I have watched so many crossfit games like how a football fan watches their NFL. Although I don’t see training as fun, it is more enjoyable. Lauren has helped me realize if it’s not fun, you have to make it fun. So that was a big challenge for me especially at 6 in the morning. But it was the small things that helped me get past the pain. People like Lauren prove to people that pain is temporary and nothing ever grows within a comfort zone. Lauren is a visual representation for my curations theme. She fought for her dreams and is still continuing the fight. I hope to continue to fight just as hard as she does and someday reach my goals as well.
Fighting for my dreams wouldn’t have even been able to be done without my mom. She is the reason I have the motivation to fight. My mom has been with me through thick and thin. She is literally my best friend and hero. Without her I wouldn't have been able to do any of it. She does so much for me everyday and I take it for granted. My mom has sculpted me into a better person throughout the years. She has taught me what it really takes to be a good person. The way she expresses her pure soul is by showing others how much she cares. She puts so much effort into everything that it motivates me to do the same. She makes me feel special and important all the time. This year she has been with me through everything emotionally and physically. There have been moments where I had either a tough day of training or I was at a big competition. I would doubt my abilities and she would remind me of who I am and what I’m doing this for. She tells me don’t ever go down without a fight. She also reminds me to have fun and I think that is an important aspect of life. She has taught me to never give up and has shown me the true abilities of a superhero. She never had it easy but always managed to keep a kind, loving, heart. Everyday she works and works tirelessly to provide for me and my brother. She doesn’t deserve to be treated the way she does. She never gets a break and is fighting all the time for my brother and I. She is a true example of never giving up.
Not many know this about me, but one major goal of mine is to make the Olympics and win gold medals. Yes I know, your probably thinking, what? Well I get that reaction a lot or simply just a laugh. It bothers me but sometimes it helps me. It helps me by motivating me to prove the people wrong. People like Katie Ledecky and Maya DiRado have been role models to me. They have done the impossible and helped me create my own path for the year and more to come. This year after seeing their incredible swims in Rio, it has motivated me even more to be just like them and one day even better. Katie Ledecky has shown me the ability to make history and be out of the ordinary. The photo above is during her 800m freestyle event, as you can see no one could believe their eyes. Those moments are when it helps me realize nothing is impossible and that if she can do it , so can I. Others like Maya DiRado have inspired me to never give up. During her 200m she had blown away the crowd by beating swimmers just 5m before the wall. It shows me that I have to keep fighting till the end. During the year there have been many times where I just want to give up and that it would be so much easier. But I have learned this year that it is easy to give up but it will get hard in the long run no matter what. I chose them to be apart of my curation because they are fighters who work hard for their dreams and one day I hope to fulfill my dreams as well.
This playlist was a must to be apart of my curation. It has helped me so much throughout the year. The message of each and everyone of the songs can always boosts me up anytime. All of them have a message behind them about never giving up and fighting which fits the theme of my curation “fighting for my dreams”. Throughout the year I have used these songs a lot especially during my training sessions because it helps me remember that the pain is where I will receive improvement. I remember that all these athletes are good for a reason. They are good because they continued when others gave up. I want to be just like that. I want surpass everyone. I want to continue to fight when it is almost the impossible and never give up. I want to be the first at the finish line and the best for how hard I’ve worked. One day I want to show everyone what it takes. This year I also listened to these songs before I start the day to help me remember what I'm doing this all for. These songs were very helpful when I needed a quick reminder for why I do what I do, to succeed.
My brother is my best friend. No one could ever replace him. This year I have realized the importance of my brother. My life would feel incomplete without him. I added him to my curation because I felt that he was a major part of this year. He supports me and my dreams 110% and is always there for me whenever I need him. Although he is younger than me I look up to him in a lot of ways. He is a true fighter, especially for his family. The love he has for his family and especially my mom is unbreakable. Throughout the year he had traveled a lot more, especially with friends and there were a lot of opportunities I had to pass in order to stay on top of my training. But during those times I felt almost empty without him. He brings me joy and brightens each and everyone of my days. I am almost positive I wouldn't have been able to do it without him. My curation is made up fighters and people who I look for inspiration and my brother is definitely one of them. I couldn't have made it through the year without him. I hope one day I can show him how hard work can pay off so one day he can do the same. I'm fighting for my dreams but I'm also fighting for my family.
My friends have made a huge impact on my year. They have helped me relax and have more fun especially when it got challenging. I added them in my curation because they would be the ones there for me when it got hard. They are the ones that always believe in me and that is what I love about them the most. They would help me almost escape from my chaotic schedule and relieve my stress. There were many times this year where I would just break down and it got stressful. But I could always count on my friends to come to the rescue and pick me back up. They made this year really enjoyable and kept it interesting. Without them I would’ve been in a continuous cycle worried about what the future holds, especially with my grades and swim. They remind me to enjoy the present and to think about now rather than later. This is because one day I will miss the opportunity to enjoy the moments. My friends made this school year so much fun and I think that was a main reason why I enjoyed this year so much. It made everything a little less stressful. Even times when we had training was fun because we got to do it together. There were so many times where it could’ve been so boring. My friends really fit into my curation because they provided me with the energy to continue.