Munoz: Clearing Up a Few Things
Stanford goalie Lyndsey Munoz has blogged for LaxMagazine.com since her sophomore season with the Stanford women's lacrosse team. She wrapped up her senior season last month. Read her previous blogs here.
In the last few weeks, since my last blog came out, it has come to my attention that the message and/or purpose of writing it was not clear. I would like the opportunity to now clear that up.
I wrote the blog because I enjoy helping others, and I've always written honestly in the past. So that was me doing just that, sharing my honest opinion about my experience in the hopes that others can learn from my story.
While it was a difficult thing to deal with, the fact of the matter is that sports are hard. College athletics is especially hard, and I was aware of that coming to school at Stanford. I have struggled a lot throughout my four years here, but it all has been worth it.
Even if I knew on July 22, 2009 that I would get benched on the last game of my career, I would still tell coach Amy Bokker the same thing: that I want to play lacrosse at Stanford. Yes, I still remember the day that I committed, because it was one of the best days of my life and also my favorite number is 22.
Coming to Stanford has been the most amazing experience I have had in my life. I have come to be a different person, as I said in my blog. I know I would not have changed and developed in such a positive way if I went anywhere else. I would not have met the same amazing people, and made the best of friends. Attending this school and having these experiences would not even be possible without the coaching staff here.
Even though I was hurt by the decision, I know my coaches did not intentionally hurt me. Their jobs are to put the 12 best people on the field, objectively, so that we will win games. I know that is exactly what they were trying to do. Amy is one of the best out there, and I'm sorry if my blog conveyed anything less. The coaches have done so much for me, and I am so grateful to them for that.
We play sports because they are competitive, among other things. I was not the first senior goalie to be benched, and I'm sure I won't be the last. It's sports, and in sports anything can happen. Which is why you have to always be on your toes and always continue to work hard. Sometimes in sports, and in life, no matter how hard you work things still don't happen in your favor.
It's how we respond to these things that make us who we are. These things make us stronger, better people. I know I have become a stronger person because of this, and I will carry that strength with me throughout my life. For now, I'm looking forward to graduation and enjoying the rest of my time at this amazing place. We leave for Hawaii and Japan June 21, but don't worry, I will be updating as we go! Aloha!