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“I can do this, I got this..I’m proud of you,”

is what I tell myself as I nervously get into position at the starting line. I look ahead, to what appears to be my inner child standing at the finish line. Before I am able to process what I’ve just seen, she blows the whistle…I take off.

My pace finds harmony within my breath. My heartbeat sets the tempo for each step. I am enjoying this energy and the will in between each motion. The background cheering is now brought to the forefront, and now my focus is interrupted with the wonder of who the audience is rooting for, yet I don’t see anyone in my peripheral.

As I reach the finish line, I look behind only to find no one there. I search the onlookers for familiar eyes, I cry out when I recognize each face to be a younger version of mine, throughout my many stages in life.

I point to them and shout, “We did it!!” The crowd roars, I laugh as I scoop up my inner child into my arms. I kiss her and express how beautiful she is.

I smile as I realize that training for this race was never about competing others for the prize,

rather the conquering of me.

“……and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” ~Hebrews 12:1

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”  ~William Faulkner

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”  ~Joe Paterno

“Don’t fear moving slowly forward…fear standing still.”  ~Kathleen Harris

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