There will be many tests, make sure to define yourself!
Don’t be afraid to take a chance, and do something different! If I would have listened to one of my earliest memories of someone telling me what I could not do, I would have never been able to have as many blessing as I have been given. In that moment, that person defined me, they said to me what my potential would be. I was about 7 years old at my first track meet, watching my friend run the mile, I gazed up and watched the amazing runners run what I considered to be a marathon at the time. The raced around the track, and ended up finishing the mile in the low 6 minute range. I looked up at the person who had brought me there, and I said, “Some day I want to be that fast!” The response was, “you will never be that fast,” laughing and moving toward my friend to tell her good job. This is the first “test” that fueled my fire, and thus began my motivation to define my self as what I wanted to be!
I never wanted to be a runner, I hated it because I was always told I was no good…entering High school, I quit my other sports and picked up track and field running the mile and two mile. My first mile in high school was over a 30 second PR. About 6:04…noting to write home about, but a big deal for me! In that moment I began to define my self in the joy running brought me! My second “big test” was getting Mono my sophomore year, not being able to run or be active for about six months, I could have been negative, and given up, but I defined my self character by going to the meets, helping out, and doing what I could. That next year I had gone farther than I ever had, running fast enough (12:00 for the two mile) to qualify for regional’s. I had pushed my self that year, but the fire burned through out that next year, my senior year.
I treated my senior year as my only chance, my last chance. I had said out loud my sophomore year that I would break the two mile record for the school, and one of my team mates told me “I have wanted that record since my freshmen year…If I cant do it, neither can you!” That was again someone defining me, and setting a limit on me! After winning districts in (11:15) then placing second in regional’s (11:14) then placing 7th at state (11:12) and breaking both the school records in the two mile and the 3000 meters. I received hundreds of recruiting letters from all over the country including community colleges, all the way to the biggest Division 1 schools, including ivy league schools. I defined my self, crushing every limit everyone put on me. About a week ago I got a major PR in the mile (5:08) and again defining my self as someone who would not and will not give up. I was told breaking 5:20 would be impossible for me!
Sorry, for all the people defining me, but not one limit, definition, test, or potential set on me has been true! I believe it is because I have not given in to it! I have not believed in it! They may want to think they can define me, but no one can, because no one is you! You may not have had the same experience that I just gave you, but I bet someone has lied to you and tried to get everything out of you by defining your. Don’t let the limits be set for you! Use it as motivation, to fuel your fire!
Take each test given to you as an opportunity to define you, to show your self how strong you are. Life is a battle and people will try to get in your way to try to mask your potential and make you feel small. You don’t have to believe what they say, not even for a minute! Lace up those shoes, step on the track, and do what everyone said you could not do, make it happen for you. Define your self by never giving up when it becomes difficult! A definition may change, but let it always be true to you!