Today I volunteered with my high school's volleyball team. While introducing me to the girls, my former coach and one of my mentors said that I was one of their strongest players and "a very smart left side."
I never saw myself as a strong player. I know I was captain. I know I started games in grade nine and eleven when most girls my age rode the bench. I know I was MVP for my travel team and captain there too, but I always chalked that up to my good nature I guess? I always worked harder than the other girls. I was more serious. I didn't fool around. I was the one setting up the nets and taking them down again. I wasn't the hard hitter or the girl who got all the blocks. Sure I almost never missed a serve, but that's just what you have to do. I wasn't the superstar. I was the girl who passed up, not the girl who got the point.
And to hear that now just makes me very happy.
One day I want to be that to another young woman. That is my goal.