A few days ago I had an interesting conversation with a co-commuter on our way back home.
Was about those not so rare people with a lot of talent.
Then the next morning while swimming, I was really trying hard to do the right things on each repetition of the workout. Dave, the other Marlin’s masters coach, has always been very encouraging and I really like swimming good and up to his expectations for the workouts.
I was very surprised of the first fast 200m. IM (individual medley) I did out of three and got scared!
“I wont be able to repeat it” I said to him, and yet the second was the same time and the third just a second slower.
While cooling down I thought... I am a very untalented guy. I am short, and in many ways I have quite a bunch of limitations, but boy, there are very few people as stubborn as me and man, I don’t understand why I am able to take that much pain as if was a normal thing to do!
I thought in many of the incredible talented athletes I have had the chance to meet and how I have learned from them...
I didn’t go to the Olympics as some of them but I am 42 years old and I have done some pretty nice things, some of them sort of impressive and for some others I am still amazed with.
I think I have persevered in keeping this lifestyle and getting to my goals regardless how long it takes and that sets me apart from the crowd. I am not the only one but I am not the “average guy” either. (with the good and bad implications of it).
I know I am not the onlyone saying this but recently I saw a video of Will Smith and I agree 100% with him on the fact that anyone can be taller than me, faster than me, stronger, smarter, good looking, charming... much more talented that me, but I know that I am at least as persevering as anyone can be.
I have used that gift, and I’m planning on using it to the end of my days.