That picture was from when I was about six, I think. It was my first road race and I remember it vividly. I ran the entire one mile race with my Dad and I remember seeing the older runners race passed me. I tried to keep pace, but my little legs wouldn’t let me. I must have been getting winded and tired looking because my Dad asked me, “Do you want to walk for a while, Pink?” (Pink was my nickname) I responded with puffs of air in between words, “No Daddy, I want to keep going.” It wasn’t the people that passed me that made me want to push forward–it was a desire in me to complete that mile to the best of my ability. I didn’t want to give up.
Why am I bringing this up now? Well, I have been thinking about it. See, since that time I have become a procrastinator. I have given up on several things and pushed them to the side and never finished them. I look at that picture and it makes me wonder, “What happened to that girl?” Well, when it comes to finishing this book and continuing to write and pursue my dreams, I am clinging to that same mindset. “I want to keep going.” I don’t want to slow down. It wasn’t those people passing me that pushed me on, but it was my own desire in me to prove to myself that I can do it. I need to keep pushing myself now and remember that pushing yourself for your own determination is the best driving force on the planet.