“It is our job to live this day…”
These are the words that stuck out to me the most when I was first introduced to nine five ltd. The website explained to me the meaning of the name in a simple but profound way and I immediately began thinking about my own job in a new light.
I am a 22-year-old professional soccer player. It is literally my job to wake up in the morning and go to the field and train with my team. In the offseason, it is my job to stay fit and sharp both mentally and physically. On the weekends, I have games and frequent trips across the country and even globe. Playing soccer is how I make a living, and it comes packaged with a responsibility to not only myself but also my coaches and teammates.
So what does that mean for me as an individual? Sometimes I have days where I don’t feel like making that extra sprint back on defense. There are times when I feel completely drained from travel. Sometimes my teammates or coaches aren’t happy with the way that I have performed. I have been cut from teams and I have lost in championship games. As fortunate as I am to get to do what I love for a living, there are days that I forget why I love it so much.
Much of my life has been determined by the game. When I graduated high school, I packed up and moved 3,000 miles away from my home in Massachusetts to play soccer at UCLA. It was scary leaving home for a place like southern California. I’m from a small town about 20 miles south of Boston. I grew up as one of the best players in the area and I left the comfort of my local surroundings to play for one of the top soccer programs in the country. But I learned, adapted, and figured out new ways to improve and perform both on and off the field. I trained hard with the team, I studied to pass my classes, and I formed new relationships. I did my job to the best of my ability. In 2013 we won a National Championship, the first ever for the women’s soccer program at UCLA. It was an unbelievable experience.
When I graduated with an English degree this past December, I entered myself into the NWSL Draft. I was drafted fourth overall to the Western New York Flash. In March, I moved to Buffalo and I have been playing at this professional level ever since. I am once again adjusting to a new lifestyle and figuring out how best to do my job while staying true to what I believe in. The biggest challenge has been to maintain my love for the game on a daily basis with all the pressures of performing well. I’ve had difficulty with learning how to moderate my emotions while still putting all of my passion into the game.
I think that this is why the nine five ltd. slogan has resonated with me so much. Simply put, life is about today. It’s really the only tangible thing that we have and the only thing worth living for. If my attitude can reflect that, I should be able to handle success or failure with ease. I am in control of how I respond to good days and bad days. While I’m still learning to embrace this in my daily life, I have made strides over this past year and and committed to improving.
As a fellow New Englander, nine five ltd. spreads ideas and compassion for specific causes that I also feel strongly about. While we all focus on our own jobs and our own attitudes, it is also important to think about those who are less fortunate than we are. One of my favorite quotes, “Happiness is only real when shared,” demonstrates this perfectly. As much as I focus on my own happiness and my own performance, it is that much more meaningful if I can spread that happiness to someone else- whether it be a teammate on the field or a stranger someplace else. We are all learning as we go and facing new challenges every day, so why not give ourselves a little daily reminder to stay in the moment? By supporting nine five ltd., you are not only living this day for yourself, but you are helping someone else live theirs.
I’m very excited to be getting involved with nine five ltd.. There are so many connections to be made out there and so many people looking to share ideas. I look forward to collaborating with my new friends at nine five ltd. as we continue to develop a relationship. So, even if you aren’t a soccer fan yet, try and catch one of my remaining games for the WNY Flash streaming live on Youtube. Also, keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for some upcoming projects I will be working on with the nine five ltd. team!
As always, LIVE THIS DAY.