Why You Can’t Just Dive for What You Want

 

Last week, I wrote about music. I shared President Obama’s summer playlist, and talked a bit about my own musical tastes, and how they have evolved as I travelled abroad for college. 

I introduced you to the newly created Mixes section of the site, and since then, I recorded a new one, which you can check out here.

Right now, my goal is to drop a new mix once every month, so keep an eye out for another one in a few weeks.

I’m in good spirits as I write today, and you know why, unless you’ve been living under a rock. 

Shaunae Miller;

Shaunae put on a show in Rio and dived for gold  – the first Olympic gold for The Bahamas in a non-relay since Tonique Williams-Darling’s win 12 years ago in Athens.

 

Needless to say, as a born and raised Bahamian, I’m proud.

There’s been a lot of talk and hurt feelings over Miller diving to secure her win in a race that went right down to the wire. Folks cried foul over what she did, and talked about America’s silver medalist, Allyson Felix, being robbed of gold because of the tactic

Well, the dive was legal when Miller did it, and it was legal eight years ago when David Neville did it for the Americans – “robbing” The Bahamas of a bronze medal, by the way.

 

As is often the case in life though, folks focus on the wrong things.

All anybody is talking about is Shaunae Miller’s dive – both positively and negatively.

And I don’t think that’s doing Shaunae much justice.

People aren’t talking about the race.

People aren’t talking about the fact that Shaunae Miller was running hard from the get go, and was leading for the majority of the race until it narrowed during the final seconds.

If Shaunae had run a poor race – if she hadn’t given it her all from the sound of the gun – no dive would have made any difference.

She would have lost the race. Period.

In life, we can’t just dive for what we want without running the track first.

And if you didn’t already know, running the track isn’t always going to be an easy thing to do.

A lot of people are talking about Shaunae Miller, but for a moment, I want to talk about Derek Redmond.

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Redmond was one of the best British sprinters of his time. He won gold medals at various competitions, but he is mostly known for his lone Olympic appearance in 1992.

Redmond was one of Britain’s finest athletes, but injuries had made running increasingly difficult for him throughout his career. He had to pull out of the 1988 Olympics, and underwent eight procedures before the 1992 Olympics.

And yet, it seemed like Redmond was in top form in 1992. In fact, he won his quarter-final appearance that year. However, his true test came in the semi-final.

He ran, and ran; 50 meters, then 100 meters.

At about the 150-meter mark, Derek Redmond tore his hamstring and collapsed.

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And that could have been it for him, right there, just like that.

But Derek Redmond did what all of us must do when faced with adversity:

He got up and finished the race.

He hobbled to his feet – this broken, beaten and battered man, got back up and continued.

And with aid from his father, Redmond crossed the finish line.

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Let this be a reminder that every meter of the races we run in life is important. To get what we want, we have to be willing to fight, to run hard, to stumble and fall, and get back up again; no pain, no gain. We have to understand that we might break a few bones along the way; we might experience setbacks.

But we can’t be deterred.

We have to keep running. And when we’re close enough, then yes, we can dive for gold.

But we have to run, and run hard first.

 

Are you ready to run?

 

 

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