If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender and rise up against the odds. – Jesse Jackson
There’s one thing that I still kept from last year’s Standard Chartered Marathon. Besides the running tee and the finisher tee. And the finisher medal.
7:30:54. It was engraved on my yellow wristband.
I wear it daily. That small, yellow wristband.
On my left hand.
A reminder of the timing I took to complete my full marathon.
It wasn’t my personal best (my best timing was slightly over 7 hours).
It wasn’t my goal for the run (my goal was 6 hours).
It wasn’t something that I am proud of. It was a reminder.
Just like a scar. It was a reminder.
A reminder of I should have done better preparation – to practise more.
A reminder of I could have run faster. And not to walk more.
A reminder of I should push one more step forward. And not to hide under the tree.
A reminder of I should focus my energy on running. And not complaining of the weather.
A reminder of I didn’t give my all to it. I didn’t push harder.
My friends keep telling me, “You’ve done well. You’ve completed the race. That’s what matters.”
Yes, they are right. I would agree with them. Agree with them, if only.
If only I knew I had given my very best.
Did you carry with you an artifact of the past?
A reminder of what you could have done well?
But remember, it is a reminder of the past so that you know that you could have done better in the future.
And not a tool to torment your soul in the future.
Accept it and embrace it. And move on.
Let go and move on. Be empowered to create a brighter tomorrow.