SAM BERMUDEZ

WHAT’S MY NAME? SAM BERMUDEZ
PRO ATHLETE

To be honest, this question gave me a bit of anxiety. Suddenly I can hear that little voice in my head saying, "What is your story? Do you even have one?" Yup, I'm sure you all know that voice. Fear. Doubt. Insecurities. So what is my story. I'm an athlete. A woman. A daughter. A sister. A friend. A follower. A leader. But I'm more than all that.

I've been in sports all my life. My first love will always be soccer or football. I've been playing since I was 10. I played all the way to college football playing for La Salle and even the youth natonal team. Then I fell in love with wakeboarding around 2008. Because of my deep internal drive to find my best, pain is nothing. Haha I didn't mind eating shit everyday on the water because I wanted to land new things. I wanted to break boundaries. In the last 10 years, I've more often than not  been on that podium during the Nationals, Regionals, Asians and the Worlds. I turned 33 on the day I won silver at the recent SEAGames. But again, I'm more than all that.

I've worked in multiple jobs in the last 13 years. I've worked as a coach, professional and semi pro athlete, money market broker, managed a restaurant,

and handled operations. I've been in finance, marketing, events, sales, and entrepreneurship. I've dipped my toes in almost everything. Honestly, there are days I feel super inadequate for not having a more "stable" life. Plus at 33, unmarried and currently not dating…the titos and titans generation think I'm doomed and cursed for life. Am I? I don't think so. Again, I'm more than all that.

So when that little voice starts talking trash again, I always remind myself that I'm a woman consistently evolving and growing. Always curious and asking why. Always challenging the status quo. Always willing to try something new. What's next? How can I be better? How can I impact those around me positively? I see the world as a never ending path of ascension. You'll take a step back or two. Or tumble down. But, you get back up. It's only recently that I realized that as I'm taking steps up, that's also when I have to look at all the steps I've taken to get to where I'm at. A deep sense of gratitude and self reflection. This motivates me everyday to become better. Who knows where ill be in a few years. All I know is that I choose to write my own story while on my never ending ascension.