In the way that orange became so much more than a color, “We Get To” is so much more than a hashtag.
To me, Dezy’s phrase represents solidarity, being a part of something bigger than yourself, and dedication to the grind and to bettering the person you are and those around you. It means understanding how truly lucky we are to lead the lives that we do, and to channel that understanding into making the most out of every day.
It’s evident that Dezy’s impact went far beyond the people close to him or simply volleyball.
After knowing him all my life, I was fortunate enough to watch him
share his story to UNC and Duke athletic teams. His mantra of “We Get To” that he preached to many people has drastically impacted many people's lives, including my own. My team took this mantra, and this way of life to heart. We begin every practice by cheering “We Get To” together. We use this as a reset and way for us to take a second and be grateful for each day we get to train.
Dezy taught me how to live everyday like it is your last. That is what “We Get To” means to me.
As difficult as i t sometimes is, I try to wake up every morning at 5:45 and tell myself “I get to go to practice” or “I get to go to class.” If Dezy could wake up with this mentality everyday while battling stage 4 cancer, then I can do it while I get to do what I love. I try to carry the “We Get To” attitude with me through the good and the bad. It is easy to have gratitude when things are going well, but it is through trials and tribulations when I have to remember what he taught me.
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