Sunday, March 9, 2008
What do I really have to complain about?
I had a conversation with a good friend of mine a few weeks ago. We both compared the crazy week we had had. I think we were competing for the craziest. I won hands down. But, she put it all into perspective.
She like me is an athlete (different event same sport). We are the same age and understand each other pretty well. She has adopted a ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude when people try to distract her from her goal of making her Olympic team. In her own word ‘I’m focused on the task at hand’
She reminded me that we have both put ourselves in situations where we left our homes and went to places where we didn’t know anyone and didn’t know anything (local area, how to get around etc.) But, we did it because we want to perform well in our give events. We are already out of our comfort zones and with that in mind we can not allow other things to make us feel uncomfortable. I will learn to deal with all of these changes because the trade off is my fulfillment of my dreams.
She trains at a Training Center where you share dorm rooms that are not the biggest for one person let alone two. This site that she trains at is the main training location for the Paralympic athletes. One of the girls in her group is an amputee. She does EVERYTHING the rest of the training group does, with one leg.
I talk about this because I have under 6 months to the games and under 5 until the Olympic Trials. I have a lot of work to get done before then. I will not focus on outside stuff. The amputees she trains with work hard everyday with no complaints. There’s no way I should be complaining about anything. As she told me she watched a blind athlete doing box jumps in the weight room. I should be turning up to practice everyday ready to kick butt. I’m keeping my mind on the reason why I brought myself out here. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity. She has training partners out there one fell under a train and it ripped off a leg. Another slipped on the grass and got their foot caught in the lawnmower. I have all the tools I need to do well. I’m training so hard to get my body ready; I sometimes forget I have to train my mind to do the same.
So I ask again ‘What do I have to complain about?’
If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
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