Hello everyone! As you all read from my last blog, my name is Sydney Romero and I am a member of the Junior Women's National Softball Team. Before I start my blog, I want you to ask yourself these questions. Why do you play this sport? Why do you love it? What motivates you? What makes you want to be better? 

As I have mentioned before, softball has been a huge part of my life ever since I was five years old. I play it because this sport is something I truly love doing and I appreciate every second I get when I am on that field. Softball is a game of failure, but to me that is what makes it great. It pushes me to be the best player I can be, even when I fail. The effort you put into it at practice are the results you will see in a game. I have discovered that you learn the most and grow as a player when things are difficult in the game of softball. I have learned that once you get past the obstacles, the road ahead is so much better and you flourish as a person. For as long as I have been playing this sport, I am learning something new each time I step on the field. There are so many different situations that could happen during a single game, and you have to be ready every single pitch. 

As I grow up, I realize the lifelong lessons that softball teaches me. On many occasions, softball has interfered with social events and that's not just for me but for anyone who plays this sport. Although missing social events used to bother me, now I am completely accustomed to it. I have learned that everyone has priorities in their lives; the vital aspect is choosing these priorities wisely. You must have a strong commitment to the sport and you must be dedicated. In the end, it will all pay off as long as you keep working hard and never get satisfied. Softball is such a blessing, and every chance you get to play the sport you love you need to appreciate it and not take it for granted. Softball is also such a learning game. You make a mistake, you fix it...if it happens again, you fix it again. You CANNOT let your mistakes affect your attitude of the game or let it affect the next pitch. You realize what you did wrong, but you do not dwell on it. 

Softball has taught me many things throughout the time I have been playing it. I have made so many lifelong friendships I will never forget and I cannot wait to make more this summer with Team USA. My family motivates me to be the best ME I can be on and off the field. My desire for this game continues to grow each and everyday. I do it for myself, and everyone around me. I do it because I want to be better. Never lose sight of your capability, and always appreciate every moment you step on that field because you never know when it can be your last.

 Thank you for reading Blog #2! 

- Sydney