I’m a believer in the notion that anyone can do whatever they put their mind to. At least, I struggle to be a believer. I tell myself that as long as you don’t give up, and focus, and never take “no” for an answer, that things will turn out your way.
But that obviously isn’t always the case.
Take an Olympic race. Hundreds of people from all around the world have the same goal. They train, focus, and become the best in their events. Then, one day, all of the best compete. And only one person wins. The rest lose.
Or do they? Maybe being among the fastest in the world is winning? Maybe if a runner hasn’t become the fastest in the world they should think about what they can do better than others? Maybe not being fast enough isn’t the goal, just the satisfaction of running?
If we haven’t achieved what we’ve set out to achieve, then perhaps the race isn’t over. Maybe we need to train more, learn a lesson, maybe we just need to have a better day. Perhaps we need to realize that we were made for another calling.
I still believe that if you don’t give up, you will make it somewhere. It may not be to first place, but it might be very close. If we are wise, we will be thankful just to be in the race.
Not everyone can be the best. But hopefully, everyone, all of us, can be among the best. We just have to keep running.