Everybody expects something out of life. Some expect big things while others are content to stay under the radar. The former are the ones you read about having performed on a high level or failed miserably. The latter are the ones you never hear anything about. It never has made much sense to me to be one of those people that sits on the sidelines and watches life pass by. I have performed at high levels at times, and I have failed miserably at other times. But I have LIVED and I continue to. I always say to my friends that "It's a short trip we're on", this thing called life. We only get one trip around this track. I feel fortunate to have realized the finality of that at a fairly young age. I live every day with these things in my mind. I will fail miserably again for sure. BUT, in the process I will live and I will learn and hopefully have more triumphs than defeats. I relate these things to my work life and to my triathlon racing. Those that work with me or train with me know that I expect as much from them as I do myself. This trait has been both a positive and a negative at times but for the most part it has served me well. I like quotes. One of my personal favorites is...
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
I love this quote. I don't plan to have any regrets after my trip around this track. And I won't be looking for any change back either.