Lakey Peterson: Road benefits, bummers

Courtesy Lakey Peterson

Lakey Peterson says she'll figure out a way to make it work when the perfect guy comes around.

Hello, everyone! I hope you're all having the time of your life this summer. It's sad to say that this will be my third and final blog for espnW this season. I just can't believe how fast it's flying by. But, hey, we're having fun together while it lasts! And you can enter my Google+ Hangout challenge if you post a picture today of your favorite song for #98DaysToShine. I'll be doing a Hangout with the person who wins.

As some of you may know by now, my life is pretty crazy when it comes to my travel schedule. I'm away from home for about seven months of the year, give or take. To be honest, it's amazing, and I'm so blessed to live this life, doing what I love and traveling all over the world for it. I've seen many different parts of the world that often take a lifetime to visit. I will carry these experiences with me forever. For that, I'm truly thankful, and I'll never take my life for granted.

However, it does get really hard to be gone so much. I miss my family, friends, community, church and home in general. Sometimes it can get a bit lonely on the road, and it's tough to never be able to follow a routine. Each day is different than the last and though that can be exciting, it's also tough not knowing what will come next.

I think it's hard to understand the behind-the-scenes life of professional athletes because it's so different than the 9-to-5 workday. From how much we work (there are no office hours) to all the blood, sweat and tears that go into our performances, it's a whole different lifestyle than working at a computer in an office or even having a regular schedule.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, and I wouldn't change my life for the world, but it's great to be able to express myself here and tell you my thoughts about being an athlete. Most people would never know about this part. This is my chance to say how it really is!

I've told you that I miss my family and friends when I'm away from home for so long, and I inevitably get the question: "What do you do about boys? How do you have a boyfriend when you spend so much of your life on the road?" For all of you wondering about that, here's what it's like: I'm constantly meeting new people, including guys. If I'm interested in someone, and I want it to go somewhere, I have a lot to consider. I'm never home to get to know a guy really well, let alone be in a relationship with him. And if I meet someone on the road, I know that my time there is only temporary.

I guess I'm just trying to have fun, to meet as many people as possible and to wait for the time to be right. I figure I'll know when that perfect guy comes around. Since I'm only 18, I'm not in a rush, and when it happens, I'll figure out how to make it all work. It just hasn't happened yet.

I hope you enjoyed this time with me over the summer. Thanks for following my adventures and telling me all about yours on Twitter and Instagram. I really appreciate all of your love.

Keep living life your way and enjoying each moment. Always remember this: Don't let someone tell you that you can't because they're wrong. You always can!

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