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Asha Mason
9/12 Discussion
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:07pm
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During high school I possessed a competitive, athletic mindset. I thrived on motivation and passion. What pushes you to continue? The problems that arise during my triumph should push me to exceed rather than deteriorate me. If I only do what I am capable of, I’m not challenging myself to do better. As a track athlete my weakness could only hold me back. Mr. Friedrich Nietszche says “the which does not kill us makes us stronger” implying you can only better yourself with that that doesn’t harm you, which takes great meaning to me based on my past athletic experiences.
As a track athlete I ran hurdles, which is itself presumed to be extremely difficult. I faced numerous difficulties and had moments where I would wonder why I was still running. I had no idea I would be ranked top ten in the state of Colorado. Given the effort that I applied during practice, no one else was being pushed like I was. When I became top three in the state of Colorado I had to evaluate myself. What is my competition doing that I wasn’t? Being afraid of the hurdle didn’t make a good hurdler. I had to be willing to destroy my knee in order to prevail into a stronger athlete. I had to make a couple falls on the track before I could run without fear of falling. I didn’t end up in the hospital after I fell over a hurdle. I didn’t need immediate surgery on my knee when I would clip a hurdle with my trail leg. By having these experiences in my life, it only made accomplish more without worries of not prevailing.
Strength derives from weakness. By assuming you are willing to challenge the weak, you are putting yourself to a higher capability. Motivation gives you the reasoning to prevail. If you become motivated enough to better yourself, you make yourself stronger! What persuades you to become better is what will help you excel past your limitations. My passion to be competitive in the sport of Track and Field helped me accomplish many things and hold titles under my name that women can only aspire to do. I didn’t critically harm myself in the process so I only became better! Thus, what didn’t kill me made me stronger!


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