Though that quote is pretty epic sounding, I didn’t even need to get to that point earlier today. During our race against SMU (Southern Methodist University), I never thought for a second about wanting to quit. My boat had prepared and trained so hard all week for the race that would mark the end of spring break, and we were chomping at the bit. So when we made that move and absolutely kicked major SMU booty, it felt AMAZING.
For those of you who know rowing, then you know that races come down to the bowball marking the winner – essentially like in a horse race by the nose. It is typical to win or lose by fractions of a second or even a few whole seconds. We won today by a 25 second margin. I could not be more proud of the 3 other rowers and the coxswain from my boat. Having days like today simply reminds me of why I started and how much I love my team.
Like many of my other posts, I’m freaked out at the thought of this all ending soon, but if this season continues as it started today, I’m going to be leaving on a great note.
The juxtaposition of life’s timing is quite striking honestly. Today marked the end of my final spring break training trip, and as I sit here unpacking from Texas (we just got in after midnight), I am packing for a trip to Chicago in the morning for final round interviews for post-graduate full-time volunteer programs. I’m moving off of a great win and a great day overall, to perhaps the opening of a very new and exciting chapter of my life.
What am I keeping in mind now? Openness. Discernment. And bravery! So while I am sad to remember how this marks the end of a 4-year tradition of spring break trips, this Chicago trip could mark the beginning of something new and great. Alexander Graham Bell famously said “When one door closes, another door opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” I’m keeping my eyes open, and appreciating each door in my life – whether they have been closed or are just about to open.
Verse for tonight: “But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” – John 3:21