like father, like son
I've enjoyed watching Jack process through precisely the same steps as I did in this tiny area of life for several years now. But it has all ramped up these past 3 weeks as I've watched the culmination of his work here at the end of his senior year.
I've bubbled with pride as I've watched his performance peak at exactly the time it should. I've felt deep emotions with him, simply because I've felt them before.
Track is a special sport because its main focus of competition is within each individual. Of course, to everyone watching, it appears as if the athletes are competing against one another. But don't be fooled you're witnessing each and every athlete competing against himself together with all the others. Of course, this is not said to diminish the importance of other sports that teach us to find our place, and to contribute within team and community, but track provides the opportunity to struggle within yourself to strengthen you contribution to team and community.
The track is a microscope that focusses weakness, laziness, fault, victory, overcoming, success exactly where it must be dealt with - on each individual on the team. And it forces it to be addressed by the only appropriate person - the individual.
Perhaps, only when we learn to compete with ourselves are we equal to the task of contributing to team and community.