Competitive athletes spend most of their young life dedicating themselves fully to their sport and absolutely everything revolves around it. Countless hours were spent in the gym, on the ice and in curling clubs trying to take my game to the next level. I became a part of something bigger. I was a piece to a team. But being in university and curling so much all the time is hard.
For those who don't know, this upcoming year will be the hardest, most challenging, sad and exciting year all at the same time. I am just finishing up my second year at Laurier in the kinesiology program. I am a firm believer in the fact that if you don't like something, CHANGE it. I do not like my program. It is not a good fit for me and it is nothing that I thought it would be. I have made the decision to leave Laurier behind and transfer to Trent to work towards my nursing degree. I need to do a year of upgrading my marks before I can get in, but this is a challenge I am willing to take, and I couldn't be more excited for it! However, despite my excitement for my career choice, curling will no longer be as big of a part of my life as it has been in the past.
I told my team that I would need to cut back on the amount of events and tournaments I could play in throughout the season due to my focus on school. Having said that, long story short, they decided that it would be best for them to take another player. (There is a whole lot more to the story, but I shouldn't make my side of the story public so I'm keeping to myself). So just like that, a huge part of my life is gone. My life revolved around the sport. It defined me and gave me purpose. It gave me a goal to work towards, and many weekends to look forward to. But then suddenly, its gone. (I'm trying not to cry as I write this. Anyone who has been in competitive sport knows the feeling).
However, in this process I realized what my passion is in life. Second to curling my life has always been school and developing a career. It wasn’t until recently when I realized what I want to do and that is become a nurse. I love the idea of helping people for a living. This is now my purpose. This is now my goal.
This is going to be a huge adjustment for me. This decision has been the hardest one of my entire life, more difficult that deciding to transfer schools half way through my university career. I am losing a massive part of my life. My teammates have been my best friends and the curling community is what makes curling so special. Curling was what I have always associated myself with and it is what has defined me for the majority of my life. I have spent very little time focusing on my career outside of curling. I was so engulfed in the curling world that any goal outside of it just seemed so secondary. I realized that my passion is to now get through school and get my nursing career started; a career full of endless rewards.
Despite the fact that I am very excited to start this next step of my life, I am still experiencing this (hopefully temporary) loss of the sport that has given so much to me over the years. Finding a way to replace the feeling of competitng and the thrill of winning will be my next challenge. I just have to keep telling myself that this is for the better, and this is simply the next chapter of my life. I can’t give thanks enough to the many, many people who have supported me and pushed me throughout the years. Thank you for the memories.