Deja Young poses at the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympic shoot on November 23, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.
What’s Your Why presented by DeVry highlights athlete’s individual motivations that drive them to pursue greatness on their journey to achieve their Olympic & Paralympic dreams.
Greatness has been something that I have always strived for in everything that I have ever pursued.
I found a Muhammad Ali quote at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that I wrote down every chance I got.
“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing”.
At one point, I felt like achieving the goals that I set for myself were impossible. But the challenges that I have faced with in the past few years have made me want to pursue that greatness even more. The struggle with my mental health and countless battles with injuries have pushed me more than I ever expected and allowed me to find my true drive.
So what drives me to pursue greatness and my Paralympic dreams? It’s knowing that through all of my challenges I am not only overcoming obstacles, but I am able to share my story in hopes that it helps others.
If the platform that I have been given can save a life, it will mean more to than anything else. Knowing that I am able to do…