We all come to the start line with different stories. Different experiences. Different challenges.
Some of us have overcome injury and a sense of inability. Others have had something to prove; perhaps moreso to themselves than to anyone else. Still others are here to inspire, to show that hard work and determination can bring you anywhere you choose to go.
We are of all walks. We are of all shapes and sizes. We are of all colours, cultures, creeds, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and ages.
For all the focus the finish line garners in our goal-oriented society, it is the start line that is the great equalizer. For it is the start line that is often the hardest place to arrive.
We arrive with a sense of hope and anticipation, desire, and ambition. Often too we arrive with nerves and some trepidation. But they do not stop us. Training and preparation bestow confidence as well as ability.
And it is precisely because of this training, this preparation, that running grants us one of life’s most valuable gifts.
The gift of self-belief.