“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay
On days when I’m stuck or feeling a little out of it, I try to tell myself just that — that it’s never too late.
Things can always be changed.
Bridges can be unburned.
Battles can be won.
We just need to know which fights are worth fighting — and which are best left to the past.
But we can’t change the past. We need to remember that. We can’t undo a bad race; rewind and erase a night we wish never happened. We can’t undo the hurt or the angst or the time wasted wondering “what if?”.
We can only move forward, keep our heads up, and realize that it’s not the end. That it’s never too late to be who you really are; who you’re meant to be.
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Today, I came across the breathtaking picture above of the canyons and the clear, crisp sea. It made me think of the ocean — of the unparalleled feeling you get when swimming and relaxing in the salt water.
Sometimes, closing your eyes for a minute — picturing yourself in these long, salty waves — can help you delve beneath the surface. Figure out what you want next. Channeling the calm energy from the beach can help with stress, with clearing your head, and with approaching daily tasks.
Amidst the end-of-the-year chaos, I have tried to channel some of this ethos by both constantly looking at pictures from last summer (to get me excited for the upcoming months) as well as downloading the app WhiteNoise, in which you can play beach sounds, rain sounds, etc. It can help a great deal with concentration issues and stress!
Today, take a moment to delve beneath the surface. To scrape beneath the chaos and artificial tendencies that can color our everyday lives.
Who are you? What do you want? Have you been portraying yourself and acting in a manner that reflects who you want to be? Do your daily actions help you achieve your goals?
“Sometimes, you need to step outside, clear your head and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be.”
The above quotes is one of my favorites. It underscores the importance of delving beneath the surface – of taking a moment to reflect, to clear your head, and to feel; to understand.
Take a moment today to delve beneath the surface. You may be surprised with what you find.
A nice way to brighten my week was finally receiving the new Harvard triathlon uniforms! They look great, and I can’t wait to race on Sunday. Check back here for details on the inaugural season and first race next week!
More soon… right now I have to get back to studying and writing papers and take home exams.
Below is a look at what our new uniforms look like! I got the uni and the two piece, and I’m still deciding what I’ll wear on Sunday.
What do you wear during a race? A one piece or a two piece? Do you wear a random jersey or always represent a certain club?
PS – the countdowns continue… 81 days until Lake Placid and 2 days until I’m done with all work for freshman year! If you’re counting down the days until the end of your school year too, good luck on your exams