i know that i can compete with the best in the world now, and i will know that forever.
— melanie oudin, the 17 year old prodigy after reaching the quarterfinals of the us open. its a mature realization to know that being among the greatest now will be something that will stay with her forever. being cognizant of your own potential whether you achieve that or not has different affects on people. it creates a lot of self awareness, expectations, and of course pressure. people embrace pressure, or people rebel, reject and fight against its existence because they fear failure. pressure is very real no matter what we tell ourselves. but ultimately, believing in yourself is the only way to combat it. melanie’s moto written on her shoes is “believe.” (via daisyames)