You girl, are proof that energy is contagious!
You hear stories on the news about the relationship between students and teachers and how powerful they are, but you never realize how impactful that relationship can be until YOU live it.
I was the LUCKY ONE to have THAT kind of relationship with Hannah.
My girl Hannah had the ability to light up a room. She exuded confidence, she smiled brighter than the sun, she was hysterical and everyone's favorite!!! (unless you were on the opposing soccer team!)
For three years, I was her teacher and coach. We worked hard, but more importantly we laughed harder. From day one we connected and nothing was going to break that. She was the light in my day, the leader on the soccer field and I knew she was going to change the world and just like that she did.
Hannah, you lived life like you ruled the world. Every action you took was a life lesson. I carry each of them with me every day!!!
Some ways to live like Hannah:
Be tough. Live every day with the excitement of a championship game day.
Live like you got nothing to lose!!! Focus on what you can GAIN!
Don’t forget to take that shot even if it’s scary!
If you want to hear determination, ask anyone about Hannah’s OT soccer goal for the Tinton Falls Panthers playoff game!!! Every time I think of your scoring goal 2 weeks after brain surgery, I celebrate the feeling of success! That day you played fearlessly for you and your team. That moment was my proudest coach moment!
Trade shoes. (Literally) If the shoe doesn’t fit for the situation you’re in, kick ‘em off and lace up the right ones. Never say no to the things that bring you joy just cause you aren’t wearing the right shoes.
I’ll never forget that day you came to school with UGGS on. You planned on sitting out and talking your way into a 100 for the day. Instead, you swapped shoes with ME so you could get on the court and own the physical education floor hockey game. Needless to say, you easily got that 100!
With a smile on, dance, walk, skip into every room like you own it.
Every single time she walked into the gym, on to the soccer field, or when I would visit her, she had that same smile, that would be so stinking contagious that you had no choice but to be in that same awesome mood. (her one-liners never hurt the situation either!!)
I say this all of the time but your energy is still contagious. Here’s why-- if you ever need an attitude adjustment, a motivational moment to inspire you, just think or talk about Hannah, share your story about her because when someone so young lives so powerfully, her story is all we need to live by to keep making this world a better place.
Hannah, I will always be your Tuffy!!! Happy Birthday #3! Love ya always!