| Triple Jumpers!
(taken a year ago)
This week has been full of nothing but learning a ton of lessons. Last weekend I had a Track Meet and realized that I needed to protect my “me time” before competition. I didn’t jump as well as I wanted to but I also wasn’t mentally ready. My Track buddy, who I love no doubt, is the type of competitor that likes to converse before the meet to get her nerves down. I’m the type to enjoy some quiet and alone time. So my track buddy and I tried to find a happy median but I still couldn’t get into a competitive mindset until before my last jump when my coach said to act like I was at the Olympics in 4th place on my last jump. Then I actually put out a decent jump.
This weekend went a lot better. Still didn’t jump as far as I wanted to but I jumped much farther than last week. Today was the best Track meet I’ve had in two years spiritually and mentally. (I know that’s a long time to be out of it.) Why? Because when the triple jump was over I got to talk everything through with my coach and two of his old triple jump buddies (40 years old plus I’m sure). My coach was around 54-56ft triple jumper and one of his friends that was competing today was a 55ft jumper (He didn’t jump that today because of his age). During this conversation I was told a few things…
1. Patience is a virtue
2. Not many can do what we do (Triple Jump)
3. This is Fun!
4. We’re here to glorify God and bless others through the talent He’s given us
We discussed other enlightening things but these were the highlights. They were very simple statements that I’ve heard so many times but I think this was the first time my heart was open enough to receive all of them completely. Statements like the first have always been easy to hear and understand but hard to internalize and live. I hope to start internalizing and living out every positive piece of advice that aids me in my walk with God.