Don't Quit. No Excuses.

Sometimes you need to suck it up and just do it. Even in a sport that I love, there were a few aspects that I could have done without.

-Conditioning — why interrupt a perfectly good volleyball practice to do circuit training, ab workouts, and suicide sprints?

-Waking up at the crack of dawn to drive hours away for a tournament — I'm going to play volleyball…I'm going to play volleyball…I'm going to play volleyball…that makes it worth it, right?

-Really cold gyms and Jammed fingers — sometimes I wonder if it is even possible to have one without the other?

-Starting a club tournament with reffing — so we drove all the way here before the sun came up just so I can LINE JUDGE?

Just to name a handful. Most of the time, there are very good reasons for why we do things. Even if you can't always see the reason, sometimes you just have to do it. If you want to play volleyball, you have to take the good with the bad, the fun with the not-so-fun. It will be worth it in the end.

Don't quit because the work gets too hard. It will make you stronger in the end.

Don't quit because you have to get up too early. It means you have an entire day of volleyball ahead of you!

Don't quit because it is too cold. It means you need to get moving to warm up.

Don't quit because you hate reffing. It will make you a well-rounded volleyball athlete and increase your volleyball IQ.

Don't quit because of things you cannot control. Accept them, move on, and do it. No excuses.

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