In running, and in everyday life, I sometimes have to remind myself that good things come to those who wait. Wait for what you ask? Well, all sorts of things really. To master any skill takes practice, to excel in running takes weeks, months and years of hard training, and to obtain a degree means spending several years studying, and so time is always working both with and against us. Sometimes I look back at a given day or week and think to myself, “I wish I had accomplished more in that time.” I think about what I did with that time and realize I spent half of it waiting for something in the future.
Such was the case of last week’s Regional meet. Although I came in with the fastest times this season for my heats, I still had to go through the agonizing process of waiting until Saturday evening to say for sure that I was going to Eugene, Oregon for Nationals. It’s funny though because somehow looking back the week went by a lot faster than it felt. The same thing seems to happen in other areas of my life. When I was young I wasted a lot of time always counting down and dreaming about the next thing. Whether it was my next birthday, Christmas, or summer break, the day would finally come and I’d look back and realize I spent the last weeks of school thinking about nothing else but being done instead of enjoying the moment. The same sort of thing happened to me when I graduated high school and couldn’t think about anything but college instead of just embracing my senior year. Now here I am in that same place again and its hardly hit me that I only have one (well technically two I hope!) races left for Florida State. Part of me just wants to fast forward to the race and feel what its like to sprint down the homestretch at Hayward Field. On the other hand, part of me does not want to cross that finish line because that marks the end of my college career and there’s no going back. Either way, its useless wishing time would speed up or slow down because that is impossible, what I do with my time however is up to me.
As I head into this final NCAA meet, I hope that I don’t wish away any of it at all. When I’m lying in bed the night before, trying not to think too much about the race and wishing I could just fast-forward to the start, I hope I can take a deep breath and breath out such nonsense and take everything in. As excited as I am for this race and my future that lies beyond it, I can’t forget what an amazing journey it’s been and enjoy the final home stretch that remains.
So here are a few verses about “time” that I will use as my mottos and lessons for the coming week:
.“Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only to pass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what we have made of it.” – Francis de Sales