I was at training the other night and one of my team mates was trying to practice the hurdles before a race at the weekend. It didn’t matter how hard he tried, I kept hearing the first hurdle tumbling to the ground. When he did actually get over the first, he was only faced with more. Despite being determined and having cleared hurdles hundreds of times before, it just wasn’t enough.
This reminded me of life in general. It’s just one hurdle after another and sometimes it doesn’t matter how determined you are and how many other barriers you’ve overcome there will always be one more.
So to my latest barrier. No guide runner again. This barrier keeps coming back to haunt me, bigger and stronger than before. Unfortunately, through no fault of her own, my current guide has to give it up for health reasons. I can’t even begin to imagine how she must be feeling, as athletics is her everything. At least for me all I have to do is find a new guide and I’ll be off again.
I’m trying to stay calm about this situation. It is far from ideal and over the past few days I’ve been watching the IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zeeland, wishing I was there. Those athletes are living my dream and 2012 is just around the corner. But what can you do? Some things are just out of your control. I don’t know how long it will take me to jump this hurdle, but fingers crossed it won’t be too long and I’ll be ready to face the next challenge ahead of me.