This weekend I volunteered at our local YMCA and CPTE run sprint triathlon. I had participated in it as an athlete for the first 2 years, but for the last 4 years, I’ve only been a volunteer helping out with the organization of the race. I usually stand on the dock and try to calm the swimmers down in between waves.
This year, I saw this:
A young man, wheelchair bound and paralyzed from the waist down – Doing. The. Triathlon. With assistance he got into the water and as a swim-buoy supported his legs, he swam on his stomach and when he got tired flipped over onto his back. It was slow. It was laborious.
He finished the swim. And then he went on to do the rest of the race.
I thought about the reasons I haven’t done a tri in so many years – I’ve had Lyme disease, I’ve put on weight, my knees hurt. And then I looked at this guy who reminded me that there are really are no excuses.
There is desire to do something and desire not to do something.
Do yourselves a favor and desire to do something today.
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