If you started playing volleyball at a young age like I did and continued to play through college, there comes a point when you’ve spent (at least) 50% of your life on a volleyball team. Some extremely talented players will have the opportunity to continue playing competitive volleyball after college, but the rest of us are forced to retire (aside from the occasional rec league) after hanging up our college, high school, or club jerseys for the last time.
It turns out that once you’ve dedicated half of your life to something, such as playing a sport, you’ll never be the same afterwards. For me, volleyball was engrained into who I am as a person and even though I no longer play competitively I still find myself thinking about and being reminded of the sport almost daily. Check out my list of things that only ex-volleyball players can relate to and let me know what you would add in the comments!