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Somewhere between giving birth and first league hockey

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Elena

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I don't know how many or if any of you remember me, because I haven't posted for way too long. I want to give more than one update, though. Mainly not for the sake of giving an update, but because I know how some of you feel and it might give some of you some hope.

 

I know that when I first came here, I was severely depressed. At school I was the outsider, at hockey I got bullied so much it ended with a broken collar bone. It destroyed me so much because I thought my hockey career would have ended as well. 

Now, I'm out of school, I study and I'm happy with that. I went through therapy and it helped a lot.

The main change, though, was the birth of my sweet daughter. Really, when I first looked into her eyes (she was born with her eyes open) I realized what true love is! From that moment on I knew I didn't need any hockey career to prove myself, I don't need a hockey career to be worth it, I don't need it to have success or be a good person. I had more than I ever wanted. 

Four months later I got an offer, though. "You've trained here a few years ago. Do you have interest in playing in our team the next season?"

Well, I have a baby. I'm alone with my baby. Okay, not completely alone, but would my parents really take so much of their time to help me out there? I told them of the offer. I was scared, nervous and already sad because I thought my answer would have to be a "no, sadly I can't". 

"I have no idea how we'll do it, but we'll find a solution, so say yes to them". And that's what we did. We found a solution. I played that season and for the first time in yeeaaars I had fun playing. For the first time ever I really felt like I was part of the team and for the first time in years I was really nervous when I played. I didn't want to make mistakes. We're talking about women's first league in ice hockey in Germany (DFEL if anyone wants to google it). But I got better. I'm not one of the best players in the team, but I think I'll get better and better. I'll give my best. I'll be there next season as well, I hope! 

What do I want to tell you with that? 

Easy: believe in your dreams no matter how desperate it looks like and no matter what anyone tells you! I was 22 and didn't play for a whole season. Still I got to the place where I want to be! Most people told me I'm talentless. My self-esteem was at point zero and I never believed I would even get out of my depression.

Also I was scared I could never care for myself and would do bad at parenting. I know, I can't prove I'm good at it, but my daughter gives me so much love and laughs so much, I just believe her ;D 

Nothing is impossible! 

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Eric

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I'm proud of you Elena! one of my favorite gdc'ers of all time and lucky enough to never lose contact with. You dealt with a lot and you deserve all this and much much more :hug: 

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1 minute ago, Eric said:

I'm proud of you Elena! one of my favorite gdc'ers of all time and lucky enough to never lose contact with. You dealt with a lot and you deserve all this and much much more :hug: 

Thank you soooo sooooo much!! :hug:

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solongfromthestars

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I remember you! Welcome back and congrats on the birth of your daughter. Thanks for updating us with such a wonderful story! Good luck in your future hockey playing too :D 

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Elena

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33 minutes ago, solongfromthestars said:

I remember you! Welcome back and congrats on the birth of your daughter. Thanks for updating us with such a wonderful story! Good luck in your future hockey playing too :D 

Wow that's asesome! Had to stalk your profile, cos you changed your name, but yeah, I know you as well 😁 and i'm really glad you and also some others remember me! I should really come on here more often again! GDCers are still the best people!

Thank you so much :hug:

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Rebekka

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Holy shit, I remember you too! I'm so glad things have turned out this way for you. 

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Mr Panda

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Hey Elena. Remember me? I also logged in after so many years. Good to see you back. And congratulations on your motherhood :)

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