Five Minute Friday:: TRY
It’s Five Minute Friday time again…
Five minutes flat of writing on the one-word prompt provided over at Kate’s site. Unedited. Often not “great writing.” More of a stream-of-conscious journal entry than anything else for me. Always hesitant to hit “Publish” when I’m done.
This week’s prompt: TRY
“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again”
A chant from my childhood, encouraging its hearer to not get discouraged by failure, but to keep pressing forward.
A few years back I saw one of the most inspiring YouTube videos. It was of Heather Dorniden running the 600 meter race for Penn State in the 2008 Big 10 Indoor Track Championships. Whoever made the video added the Arcade Fire song called “Suburban War” to play in the background as you watch this girl run. The race was inspiring, and the music certainly added to the emotional intensity of it all.
In the race, Heather was doing well—moving into first place, actually—and then, for some reason, tripped and fell just before the bell lap. Quite hard. And all the other girls kept on running at full speed. And then this girl Heather— this brave and strong soul— got up and, now way behind the leaders with only one lap to go, she ran as fast and determinedly as I’ve ever seen any woman run. At that moment, the song picks up and sings “All my old friends, they don’t know me now… woah-oh-oh…”
I tear up every time I see that part. I am so awe-inspired by her tenacity, her willingness to get up and keep trying. Her willingness to show the world a side of her that had never been seen before.
Not to mention her ridiculously amazing athleticism.
Because, believe it or not, after getting all scraped up and injured in who knows what way from her fall, that girl ended up winning that race. She just freakin’ powered through that last lap and ended up just barely beating all the other runners.
It was incredible. Truly.
And her stride was so beautiful.
So not only does she get my applause for simply trying and for simply putting the effort into finishing the race… she actually won the darn thing.
I want to be like that when I grow up.
I want to be a person who, despite my failings and my mishaps and my falls… despite my injuries and my mistakes and even my embarrassment for past wrongs… I want to get up, look up at my God again for encouragement and affirmation and new truth… and I want to keep moving forward.
And maybe… in the end… I’ll be able to look back and call myself victorious.
** You have got to see this race. Unfortunately, the version of the video with the Arcade Fire song no longer exists (due to copyright laws, I suppose), but here is another link: http://youtu.be/xjejTQdK5OI
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What about you?
What spills out of you when you hear the word “try”?
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