BLACK OUT STORIES | DRAKE CALLENDER
2021 was a year full of growth. I experienced growth in all aspects of life, which has allowed me to learn life lessons that will add to my character. I learned how to express myself in more ways than just playing soccer. By being a a part of Black Players for Change, I was able to express my passion for making a difference in the community. This was a milestone for my development because I always looked forward to giving back to the community in some form when I was a kid.
Last year also taught me the value of cultivating deeper relationships with the people around me. I’ve been fortunate to not have lost anyone close to me, but I have friends and peers who have lost people around them. It was a wake up call to ensure that I was being proactive with communicating and spending time with my family and friends, not taking any time spent or moments shared together for granted.
Alongside being a part of BPC and valuing my relationships, I became more grateful for my physical, mental, and emotional health. I found that by learning how to manage the pressures of everyday life, it gave me more confidence and energy when it came to doing more for myself and the community. My overall health has improved from being committed to optimizing my mind and body and staying consistent with the habits that heal and strengthen me.
Overall, 2021 meant a lot for my growth and I plan on applying what I learned from last year to this year.