A few years ago at the Cape Town 100-Miler, I realised that Life is like a series of 100-mile races against time. We all start off with starry eyes, filled with abundant enthusiasm.
Along the way, some support helps us along.
But, in the end, it becomes a lonely journey – it’s up to you to take the next steps. Nobody else can run your race for you.
There’ll always be the fast ones – the winners who make it look all too easy.
But, with enough courage and conviction, we have no choice: press on! (Even past the point where you simply feel like quitting).
At last! The goal you’ve worked so hard for!
Triumphantly you sag down in a chair. You’ve done it! Now for a well-deserved rest….and then the next race awaits. You’ve completed only one step of the process we call life – and will have to keep it up until you cross that final finishing line…
‘Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’