I am amazed by the thought of what it takes to compete at this level and how it is accomplished.
How do people keep going, keep striving, keep believing in themselves even when at times their goals must seem unattainable. Even when there is so much adversity it seems it would be so much easier to just quit. To give up.
How often do we say, in our own lives, I can't do it. It isn't working. I just want to give up.
I know I do. There are days, weeks, months that I am facing so much adversity that I just want to quit. That I want to find a place where I can just go to give up. That I question everything I am doing and wonder why it isn't working for me. I am at a fork in the road.
And then there is this.
Photo from The National Women's Law Center.
We all face difficult times. Times where no matter how hard we seem to be trying nothing seems to work. Times where we may begin to panic. I have been facing those times, and yes at times I do begin to panic. I also know that when I remain calm, when I look at things rationally, when I see what is working for other people and go in new directions I may just be able to kick butt.
When I see a downhill racer, who has been training for years, wipe out and break their leg, then go back and train for another four years, I know that I can get up and try again. I need to remain calm.
Because at the end of all the struggle I may just be able to have time to enjoy the flowers,
To sit on the beach,
to dance in the streets to the music.
and just maybe I'll do some of those things along the way, while I keep calm and kick butt.