In Israel, 18 year olds have the responsibility to give back to their country either by serving in the military or volunteering in the community. I chose to represent my country in the Army. However, that meant putting softball aside. A few months after serving in the army, I realized how much I truly missed softball. I tried to balance both and though it did not work out exactly as I had planned, I’m very pleased with the outcome.
I wouldn't change my service for the world; it’s part of living here. However, it did make it extremely challenging to support the National Team on the field and off, and to stay in the right kind of shape for softball, maintain skills and keep the mindset.
by Mariana Fox
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