21 Years Young


21 years old.

What were you doing when you were 21 years old? Celebrating being 21 years old?

Some people spend a whole year celebrating being of age and still being under their parents loving watch. Others, on the other hand, have more substantial things to worry about.

Today I had the opportunity to sit down with the Women Tennis Association’s No. 9 Madison Keys of the United States. Keys is 21 years old. In June, she bumped up to the Top 10 ranking. And in August she signed a deal with FearlesslyGIRL to be an ambassador for young women. How’s that for a portion of your 21st year of life?

See a short clip from my interview with Keys here.

Keys hasn’t just had one year of impressiveness. She started on the WTA tennis Tour when she was just 14 years old. She’s already been on the tour for seven years but she said she’s just getting started. She has hopes to win the majors and to be number one, but more importantly she said she wants to be true to herself.

Keys said she started playing tennis because she liked the outfits. It wasn’t until she started playing real matches that she fell in love with the game. Now she says she can’t imagine her life without the game of tennis.

As an ambassador for FearlesslyGIRL, Keys has signed on to an organization committed to empowering young women. In a recent tweet she expressed how excited she was to represent a brand that will lead the way for strong women.

So how is it that some 21 year olds are doing so much for themselves and the world around them, and others in our millennial generation, are hanging out at bars?

What would it take for a 21 year old to find a passion and pursue it?

Time? Money? What’s the secret ingredient that’s missing?

We need more Madison Keys motivated people in this world. We need more people pushing the records to set new ones. Pushing society to set better standards. We need more people working on their niche corner of the world to make the larger corner in our universe a better place.

Yes, it all sound corny and cheesy. But do you want to live in a mediocre world? Do you want to live in a world where there’s no newonces being birthed?

I didn’t think so.

We all need to challenge ourselves to be 21 years young and see how much life we have left to live and decide what we can give.


Photo Credits: www.ubitennis.net

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