Story Ashley Derrington2018-10-12T06:21:54+00:00

ASHLEY DERRINGTON

MY STORY

BY:

ASHLEY DERRINGTON

ASHLEY DERRINGTON’S STORY

Ashley Derrington is a 28 year-old midfielder originally from Atlanta, GA. More recnetly, she called Los Angeles home before embarking on a world adventure where she spends her time working remotely and learning about hte deaf and hard of hearing communities in various countries. And of course, playing soccer with the locals when she can!

To
All the Teammates I Love Now:

Despite
being one of the older girls on the team, I’m not ashamed to say I’ve probably watched “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” more times than you guys have collectively. I like to think it keeps me youthful 😉

The
main character Lara Jean says, “I write a letter when I have a crush so intense I don’t know what else to do.” Well, this is my love letter to you.

I
thought about making a joke about “how I dream of running my fingers through your hair…”, but let’s be real, said fingers would probably get stuck on a hearing aid or cochlear cord. Not as smooth as we’d all like it to be 😉

The
fact that we can make these kinds of jokes around each other is one of the key reasons I’m so in love with you. All my life, until I met you, I never knew anyone like me. I never had anyone to share these types of awkward moments and struggles with, at least
not anyone who understood what it meant to me.

Soccer
was the only place I felt remotely comfortable. The field was my safe haven, one of the only places where I felt like I wasn’t so different from everyone around me. The fact that I now get to share the pitch with a group of girls who completely understand
me is pretty dang wonderful!

Individually
and together, you are incredible. You are smart. You challenge me on and off the field in ways I never imagined possible. You provide me with a perspective that nobody else can. You remind me to stay young and to be humble.

Speaking
of young, the age range of players we have on our team is one of my absolute favorite things about us. It reminds me that age is just a number. We all have something offer each other and similarly, we all have something to learn from each other. It’s part
of us what makes us so unique and unlike any other team out there.

Growing
up, I was surrounded by love and people who believed in me. It wasn’t until I met you, though, that I actually started to believe in myself.

You’ve
reminded me that we have so much to offer. Being deaf and hard of hearing is not a disability, it’s an advantage.

You’re
one of the primary reasons I’ve chosen the lifestyle I’ve been living these last couple of years and the reason I’m so determined to share our stories with the world.

You
came into my life during a very rough time for me and turned my world right side up again. For that alone, I’m eternally grateful!

And
even though I haven’t won any tournaments with you, yet, I feel like I’ve already won the biggest prize, a family and forever friends.

Words
will never be able to justly describe the impact you have on me, the gratitude I have for you, and the endless love you give me.

So,
in the wise words of Savage Garden, “I knew I loved you before I met you, I have been waiting all my life…”. For those of you born after ‘99, do me a favor, and have a listen!

Forever
yours,

Ashley