Ms. Olivia Meere has been training with us for 9 years, since the age of 3. She has proven herself to be a tough girl and a devoted student, having earned the rank of 3rd degree black belt.
In school this year, she was asked to determine who the most influential person in her life is, and to invite them to a special luncheon. She chose Master Navarrete. At the luncheon, students took turns introducing their guest and giving a short speech about why they were so important to them. Olivia told the group that when she started taekwondo she was really out of control, but that over the years she has learned to focus and set goals. She said that without taekwondo and Master Navarrete's guidance, she didn't know where she'd be or the type of person she would have become.
It's easy to get caught up in daily events and not appreciate those around you. For teenagers in particular, they can forget all the adults in their life and the impact they've had. It was touching that Olivia recognized Master Navarrete for the influence he's had on her, and it reminded me yet again that every day is an opportunity to tell those around you that you love and are grateful to have them in your lives.
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