Since I have posted my last blog, I have gotten a lot of questions about my decision to be “so direct and open with my life” as well as my thoughts on another athlete’s decision to share their personal lives.
Firstly, let me state that there is no ONE CORRECT way to live your life. Everyone has their own dreams and goals and how they believe they can achieve them. My opinion on if athletes should be open with their personal lives is that it is their decision. If they want to be open and share their relationships, struggles, and triumphs, then that is their decision. It varies from athlete to athlete and I will support any of my teammates (as well as others) if they want to be open with their personal lives. So, next question.
In terms of my decision to be so open, my answer is that I live my life according to me. As I have stated in previous blog posts, I am tired of fitting into someone else’s mold or do something simply because that is what professional athletes do. Disclaimer: I am not knocking what someone else is doing or how they live their life, but it’s just not how I want to live anymore. I’m 27 years old, I want to live to my own standards. I do not believe I am the first to be this way, nor do am I doing this for the wrong reasons (shout out to Bachelorette). If people want their life to be an open book, then I am happy for them. If people want to be private and live in their own unique way, then I am happy for them. I cannot judge someone else by the way they live their life and I hope they do not judge me on the way I live mine.
I want to live an authentic life and being an open and honest are ways to do that. I enjoy writing and I enjoy my life, so why not put the two together? This is what my life entails right now, so if you want to read then here we go. Here’s to living authentically!