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“I grew up being told hard work beats talent…” by Kenzie Mann

Hard Work

I grew up being told hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. So, I worked hard and when that was good enough I tried even more. I saw myself on the varsity volleyball team but I knew that there were girls four inches taller than me with an inch higher vertical jump that could probably outshine me in any match. However, I decided I wanted it enough to try beat the talent. I was 15 and a freshman in high school with two years to make it from the freshman team to the varsity. I practiced six times a week and I was improving. However, the summer before my sophomore year I was on vacation in Polson, Montana, when my dreams became out of reach. One second I was having a normal conversation with my family and the next a semi truck was crashing into the side of the car I was sitting in. The results were bitter sweet. I’m lucky to walk, talk and perform daily functions but I could never play volleyball again. After months of depression and failing classes, I got my first guitar and learned five notes. I wrote about my feelings, dug myself out of the hole and realized there was more to life than a volleyball court. That’s when I heard of Nashville and how it inspired people to be better than they thought they could. Music helps people heal as they try to make their dreams come true.

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