Playtex has a line of tampons called Playtex Sport for women with “active lifestyles.” Despite my sedentary lifestyle, I copped a box from CVS, figuring that at the very least I could pretend to do some stretches on the couch without fear of there being any accidents.Once I’d found my way to a bathroom, I opened the box, and was greeted with tampon wrappers on which there were printed inspirational sports quotes. There was "Go Team (ovaries and uterus)!" and "Live out your dreams (before you get stuck with a baby)." I hadn’t really considered it before, but after that trip to the bathroom I realized I’ve been a pretty hardcore athlete since the age of 11. I’ve been moving through the game of life, sometimes wearing tons of padding, while cramping in muscles half the population hasn’t a clue about. Fighting through the pain, ignoring the blood, just pushing toward my goal line while deftly avoiding my dreams being tackled by a baby. I’m a beast!Having thus been enlightened about my place among Achilles, MJ, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, etc., I started looking forward to every trip to the bathroom and the awesome pep talks my spectacularly athletic womb would no doubt receive.I particularly enjoyed this gem: and proceeded to think myself into enjoying menstruating in a way I never had before.But I am only human, and by midweek I, like some other athletes at the most elite levels have, had become disheartened and lost the will to fight. It was my NBA Finals Cramp Game and after the loss, I was ready to just get pregnant, pack my bags and move back home. But then, I stumbled upon this most beautiful work: which rivals Coach Boone’s Gettysburg speech in Remember the Titans. (Did you know Denzel Washington took inspiration for this scene from the tales of southern black women menstruating during the Jim Crow era? Interview a woman who marched on Washington on a heavy flow day and tell me you wouldn’t be inspired to move mountains— or, at least, highschool aged football players who, though their school has desegregated, are reluctant to overcome racial prejudices to form close bonds with their teammates.)How could I possibly give up now? I had to fight! I couldn’t let my period control me. I had to control it, and control it for all the failed period controllers who had come before me. I had to control it for Eve all the way down to my very own mother, who, though a very strong woman, had let her period control her on at least 3 separate occasions (but um, thanks Mom! Glad I’m here!).I, spirit renewed and ready to reenter the game, unwrapped one last tampon as Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" played in my head, and took the plunge! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Youtube / Via youtube.com I Seahawked my uterus out of almost sure defeat and into next month's Super Bowl. And maybe, with just enough of Playtex's inspirational coaching, I can win and be on my way to Disney World!