I recently attended your Inspiring Females talk on ‘Your dream career path doesn’t exist -you must create it.’ Firstly, I would like to say that I really loved the talk and what you do as a career. I hope that one day I will be as passionate as you are doing something I love.
In your talk you mentioned how you stopped sports. A year ago, I went through the same thing but with athletics. I started the sport fairly late compared to others, but I was always told how I had a ‘natural gift’ for the sport. Sport is something that runs throughout my family however no one went on to complete a career in sports.
12-year-old me always dreamed of winning a gold in the Olympics and others around me thought I would too. Athletics was my identity. I devoted a lot of time training and competing for 5 years. Until, like you, I went to a major competition in Manchester full of stronger faster athletes and my confidence shrunk to the size of a pea. I felt like I was the wrong piece for the puzzle. After that reality check I started to detest sports and slowly pulled out of the sport.
Fast forward to now I still haven’t gone back to the sport. However, it has opened my eyes to my love of science and engineering along with starting volleyball. I love volleyball but it doesn’t have the same feeling as I get from athletics and it feels like I am learning how to walk again. I went from county champion in one sport to the new bee of another. All these new activities helped to distract me from the little part of me I have lost from athletics.