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La La Land

August 17, 2017

So often making the right decision is the hardest decision.

 

In my family, being in “La La Land” meant that your head was in the clouds and you needed to snap back to reality. But y'all, hear me when I say, we should all be spending more time in La La Land. My brother Beck has, and boy, is he making things happen. 

 

Beck has been a tennis player since he could walk. Two years old, racquet in hand, smacking that ball over the net. It runs through him like oxygen in his lungs. He is a tennis player through and through. 

 

As he started his Senior Year, he found himself in the same place we have all stood before: staring into the unknown, the pressure of the real world seemingly insurmountable. Beck decided to do the practical thing and take an internship with an insurance agency (been there, done that). He was working for a group of people he highly respected, trying his best to get excited about this newfound professional track.

 

January of his Senior year, he went to see the movie La La Land (if you haven’t seen it, go see it now - that movie rocked my world). As Beck and his girlfriend Erika were driving home Beck said, “So, I guess if I listen to the message of that movie and follow my dreams, I should be a collegiate tennis coach.” (Thanks for that super sweet anecdote, Erika!) 

 

As I've done so many times in my life, Beck ignored this little nugget of clarity and continued to pursue a career in insurance. Every week as graduation neared, I wanted to scream at him GO COACH BECK, IT’S WHAT YOU’RE MEANT TO DO!!. But as we all know...that's the kind of decision you have to make for yourself. 

 

As Beck wrapped up his Senior year, as Captain on the University of Kentucky’s tennis team - the writing was on the wall. He was feeling the pull more than ever to be a coach. (Side note: even when it doesn't feel like it, I promise you the writing on the wall is there for all of you. Trust your instincts - it's one of your greatest assets!) 

 

Deciding to be a coach would be a giant leap of faith. One that Beck decided to take and that he navigated with maturity and poise. I am the proudest older sister to announce that Beck has accepted an Assistant Coaching position at Liberty University and moved to Lynchburg, VA this week!

 

 

Beck has taught me many things, but this might be the most important lesson of all...

 

So often making the right decision is the hardest decision.

 

It takes grit and courage. It takes passion and a commitment to yourself and your future. It takes following your gut and trusting that even if you fall flat on your face, you can pick yourself up and try again. It takes many trips to La La Land. I hope to see you all there! 

 

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