Tokyo 2021… Well that is weird sounding, especially because for the last 3 years I have been saying and #Tokyo2020! Yesterday we all, including you, received the news that because of COVID-19 the Olympic and Paralympic games have been postponed to 2021. As an athlete I am not exactly sure how to feel.
As many of you know, 2 years ago this month I moved my life to Oklahoma to begin training as a resident athlete with our National Sitting Volleyball Team! This move was not an easy one, I had just finished chemotherapy treatment and had actually gone back to Texas Lutheran University in hopes to finish my degree there. After being back almost a full semester I got asked to join the national team for a training camp, and that is where I was asked to move to Oklahoma.
As crazy as it sounds, saying yes was actually the easy part, but the reality of it was quite hard! This is when I remembered about being diagnosed with bone cancer. I had gone to my dream school, was playing my most favorite sport in the world, on route to graduate in 3 years and goals of becoming an occupational therapist. Within 24 hours that was all flipped upside and the only thing I was on route to was to fight for my life and pray that God’s plan was way bigger than the scary thoughts I had going through my head.
Receiving the news yesterday about the games brought back those same scary memories but it was soon soothed with the realization that God is in control! Yes, I have been training so hard but you know what, so have hundreds of other athletes. Yes, I have had a great plan and goals for after the games and so have so many others. During this time, I am taking the time to be THANKFUL! Thankful to be able to spend some extra much needed time at home with my parents and grandparents. Thankful that I have experienced feelings and situations like this before, where I know my family and friends will lead me back to the cross.
Times like this make me thankful for my LEAP through cancer and thankful for the time it happened. I am thankful I was at an age that I was able to take huge life lessons from and thankful that it taught me to be flexible!
As athletes we are taught to fight through adversity so this is something HUGE we have been training for! Take this time to fuel your minds more than anything. Be thankful for this extra time and I hope it has lit a different fire under you like it has to me. TOKYO 2021 may not sound the same but I pray it will be bigger, better and MORE MEANINGFUL than TOKYO 2020! Stay safe and stay healthy. I know these times are scary and very uncertain but I pray you know that He will never fail you!
With Much Love,
Jillian K Williams
1 Peter 5: 8-9
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”