For the past couple of months I have been dedicating each blog to comments from a "call for help" via instagram (@monicaabbott). Today's blog is the last fan comment I received and it’s a perfect way to end this blog series. The comment is from @heyitsrosi: “Write about something that truly inspires you and how it helped you become who you are today”.
Well, here’s the thing...tons of things inspire me. This is true. But, if I had to put all of these different things into one big inspiration category it would be, softball. Softball inspires me. It inspires me to be a better person, a better athlete, a role model, a good daughter, a great sister, and a best friend. It’s taught me to give back in knowledge by teaching others what someone else once taught me. It’s taught me to live through the lines. Follow the rules and not to take shortcuts, because you will get caught “stealing”. It taught me to take a leap of faith, and to take an educated guess through watching film, data, and analyzing stats. Softball has inspired me to express myself and paint my own version of the Mona Lisa every time I step on the mound. Softball inspired me to put my pitching style & form into a slogan “Live2BringIt”.
Lucky for me, I have two great parents whose lives I was able to watch and learn from day-in and day-out. I was able to see them overcome troubles, work problems and continue to get up (whether it was a good day or a bad day) and strive for success. Their work ethic is unmatched. They do it all. My mom caught for me and my dad challenged me. They constantly made a choice to make sure I worked hard for my dreams. If I wanted to do something, they made it their mission to do everything they could to support me. Whether that meant catching me in the front yard while my younger sisters took a nap or if it meant my dad telling me things I didn’t want to hear.
See, inspiration is a funny thing. It comes from a million different places and you never know when it’s going too hit you. It could be a little kid being to shy to say hello, or a dad being excited. What’s really fun and exciting for me are the parents, coaches, and girls that comment on my posts via Faceebook, Twitter or Instagram. It shows me that they want to hear about what I am doing, and talk to me about it. It tells me that I may be an inspiration to them… but really, it's the other way around. They inspire me to BringIt a little more, and to lift something a little heavier.
Monica Abbott #14