When you've said goodbye to your life and identity as you know it, it’s hard to figure it out. In fact, that's the understatement of the year. Figuring out your life post sports' career is more challenging than competing at the highest levels of the sport itself. Who you are, what you like to do, what you’re passionate about, what you should eat… none of it is defined.
Here's why: Competing in your sport is a known. The mental toughness, your muscles screaming at you in pain and fatigue, endless (and sometimes tortuous) coach feedback, the disciplined recovery routine…these are all challenging and a testament to why we are elite athletes. We pour everything we have, literally mind, body, and heart, into our daily work with ourselves, our team, our opponents, to improve and be at the top of our game. It’s who we are.
Then it happens. You score your last goal, shoot your last basket, run the bases one last time. Whether or not you were prepared for your athletic career to end, you aren't prepared for what's next. After playing soccer for over 15 years and competing both in college at Stanford and in US. Women’s Pro Soccer League, I certainly wasn't.
What I wasn't prepared for when I ended my soccer career was the new set of rules I now lived under. It's an entirely new ball game (excuse my pun). Who you are, what you do, how you define success - everything's changed in mere minutes.
So what now?
I’m brining together a community and resources for those who realize the power in former elite athletes engaging and supporting each other.
You have the opportunity to design your life. You can find success, happiness, and fulfillment by developing skills you'll use quite literally for the rest of your life, if you so choose to. It takes hard work to get there, but we athletes know what hard work is. The work required isn't the problem. It's understanding what we're working towards, how we're working towards it, and aligning it with our passion. It's understanding the playbook and how it relates to the game plan.
So join me and this community of athletes. Design your life. I dare you.