Why Not You

Dec. 09, 2014, 8 a.m. (ET)


Why Not You

By Stacy Sykora, three-time Olympian, 2008 Silver Medalist

Why not you...

This is something that still sticks with me. Why not me? My college coach said this to me years ago. Laurie Corbelli at Texas A & M University. She was a 1984 Silver Medalist in volleyball. I told her that was my dream and I would do absolutely anything to go to the Olympic Games. Anything.

She said, “why not you?”

This is so true. If you have a dream, why not you? Why her? Why did Stacy Sykora from Burleson, Texas get to live her dream? Who knows. That means anyone can do it. Why not you? Why me?

Everything happens for a reason. I truly believe this. You should try for everything that you want. Everything. You never know. I did not know when I was 10 years old that I would be a three-time Olympian with a silver medal. What I did know is that I wanted to be an Olympian and I did everything that was in my control to try and accomplish this dream. Fourteen American Female Volleyball players will go to the next Olympic Games. Not one human being knows if they will make it. No one knows. Why not you?

Practice makes perfect. Keep practicing. When you take a day off, there is someone, somewhere in the world, training and trying to be better than you and now they have one day up on you. Never take a second for granted because you never know if that next second will come. Dream and dream hard. Try to make all of your dreams a reality.

Everyone has a story. Every story was made at that time, at that instance. Before that, no one knows what is going or what can happen. Anything is possible.

Every athlete has a hard time. A period when things get hard. An injury, family issues, money issues and really just anything. You can bounce back from anything. Never give up. Giving up is easy. Fighting and pushing through is hard but you will feel like a new person afterwards. Like you won. Like you beat something that was unbeatable. We are not magicians or fairies but we are human beings who can accomplish anything that we put our minds to. You can think this is a fantasy but it can be a reality if you believe in things like this. It happened to me. It is a reality.

Why not you?

No excuses. No regrets