Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.
by John Yeo
It was a tough decision to take, you had been chosen to represent your country in the major hurdles event. You knew you were able to contest this as you have always been a natural athlete and a top class performer in your field. Training always came easy, as you had developed a routine over many years, six hours a day of consistent effort, toning up your body and honing your technique to a perfect fluent finish. You consequently started winning and producing some very consistent results, in fact you hadn’t suffered the ignominy of a defeat for several months.
Yet sadly you were about to decline the honoured invitation, due to the recent cascade of troublesome events that had intruded into your life and wellbeing of late.
Firstly, your very special friend Maria, had broken off your long term relationship, she hadn’t given you a real concrete reason for this, except to say she thought you were too intense. You had tried to reason with her but she said….
“Sorry I don’t feel comfortable, I think you are becoming a machine!”
Then your brother fell ill with a breathing problem, this was a body-blow as you had grown up together. You suspected the writing was on the wall, but when he had sadly passed away a few days before you received your invitation to compete, you began to feel more and more unsure of yourself.
Your Mother was distraught and spent hours on the telephone to you, depriving you of your sleep in the early hours of the morning.
The fateful morning that put the cap on your sea of troubles, happened yesterday, just yesterday morning, while you were training. You had fallen badly after hitting the top of a hurdle and there was a bad graze along the outside of your left leg.
A friend from the athletics club, Sonya, who was also a nurse, bandaged your leg and reassured you, there wasn’t any permanent damage.
“Don’t worry, there is no serious damage, just superficial grazes, you will be fine,”
Sonya was a sincere, demure, friendly young woman who always had a smile for you, and treated you like a brother. In fact you often trained together.
Suddenly you were unloading all your recent problems on her shoulders, the troubles poured out in a flood of emotional exasperation.
Finishing with the words, “I am not sure I will be able to compete.”
Sonya blushed, exhaled loudly and said,
“Go for it! You will win! I will be with you right through to the finish.”
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