by Rachel Lynch in

"Tell me what to do, I don't know what to do..."

- "Just be the girl I met on the beach... "

"Who? Who was she?"

- "The kind of girl who wouldn't ask a guy what to do"

"When she was ten years old, she wanted to play in the NFL. After countless convincing attempts to change her mind, she finally settled on basketball. She made it through one game. "This game is no fun, You can't knock people down, They don't let you hit anybody." She was visibly disappointed. Growing up she had wrestled with the boys and played football with her father. She was tough. But, toughness isn't just physical. It's a state of mind. And at ten years old, I knew my daughter had it."

Photos by: Rachel Marie