This post was published on March 24 2010 while on my journey to South African Olympic Trials and the 2012 Olympic team.
I’ve had this poem stuck up in my room, next to my bed for many years. It was given to me at a swim camp in 2004, not long after I had started training. It inspired me and got me chasing the dream of swimming in an Olympic Games. In the last 6 years it’s traveled with me from Malawi to South Africa, Namibia and now Spokane, Washington. (2018 edit – it’s since travelled with me to Skopje, Macedonia and Dubai in the UAE. ????).
I woke up this morning and read it again for the millionth time.
But this time it felt a little different.
There was a more feeling in it. One of realization I think. It was a realization that I am doing the things I want to do. That I am loving doing the things I want to do!
This motivational, “you can do anything you want” positive self talk might turn your bull shit radar on… That’s fair. You could argue “well, you can’t do ANYTHING that you want to do”, and maybe you are right
BUT you’d be surprised at what’s possible. With a little common sense and a healthy does of determination, dreams to become reality. You can wake up the person you want to be, doing the things you want to do. And that’s is exciting.
I haven’t finished chasing the dream yet. I still have a long long way to go. But I had to smile this morning when I realized that I am on the right track. And I that I am enjoying it as much as I thought I would.
So, what’s your goal, what’s your dream? How many steps did you take towards it today?