How I Handled a Failure

This was one of the Assignments from a Current Writing Class




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How I Handled a Failure

It was my last year of high school, and I had trained for the entire previous year in an attempt to break the state record for running the 100 meter low hurdles on the track team. I had lifted weights, eaten a special diet and practiced visualization techniques and arrived at the state meet with a healthy attitude. When the gun went off, I broke early and was the first one to raise a leg at the first hurdle as well as the next two. I was envisioning the last hurdle and the sprint to the finish when my right foot encountered a low spot in the cinders just as I lifted for the next hurdle, I was a fraction of an inch short, my heel hit the edge of the hurdle and it was all over. I became entangled in the wood crossbar, went down immediately and watched from my back as the other hurdlers passed above me.
I was bleeding from both knees and both elbows and had a wide ‘road rash’ just above my right eyelid.

The young man that I was beating set the new state record, and while I did not complete the race, I felt assured that I had trained correctly and put myself in a position to win the race and set the state record. It was at that moment, while I was still picking cinder particles out of my skin, that I decided that I had pursued hurdling as far as I could go and made the decision to pursue the sport of soccer. Looking back, that afternoon showed me that I was able to commit, concentrate and achieve, but it also taught me that I am not in control of every aspect of my life.