I do not believe in the game
I believe in the sport
I believe in pushing until you have nothing left to give
And then pushing more.
I believe dedicating your entire self
Never giving up
Crying, screaming and shouting
Falling down, getting up, and doing it again.
Thousands of times practicing the same motion
All for the those few seconds
A few uninterrupted moments of athletic perfection
You train for that instant
And then, when you are at the finish
Battling through like it is your only reason for living.
That is how you win.
That is how you achieve greatness.
An original poem – 1.19.14