Steve asked me recently what five defining moments in my life have made me who I am today…
- In middle/high school, I was a swimmer. I remember one meet in particular where I raced the 200meter backstroke for the first time. When I got out of the water, I could barely stand up. I had essentially sprinted 200 meters. I made my way to my coaches to get my final time. Brent looked at me, head downcast, and said “Well, you were a second away from a double B time.” (BB is a qualifying time, like an award) Celeste piped in, “No, he’s lying. You made it! Double B!”
My response: “Brent, if I could move my arms right now, I would hit you. But I feel like I’m going to fall over.”
Brent: “Good. This is how I want you to feel after every practice.”
I have this natural tendency to save up my energy for something else, just in case some future something could be lying around the corner, requiring more of me. My coach’s statement not only pushed me to pour every ounce of my being into swim practices–it changed the way I approach life. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Who knows what this afternoon will bring? Why not invest in the now? Do my best on this essay, even thought there will be another due soon. Instead of saving that new skirt for an unknown special occasion, why not wear it today?
What moments define you?