At the beginning of my sophomore year, August 2015, I fractured my left ankle. My second season of cross country had just begun. The whole team had a Saturday practice at Atlanta Memorial Park. We came to this park for a time trial. Not being able to run was going to be a challenge for me.
The only time I can think of when I had grit was at a cross country meet. A few days before the meet I couldn’t breathe very well, and my stomach hurt a lot. At first, I thought it was just nerves and excitement for the race, which was at Starmont. For that race I was on varsity and as soon as we started the race and got into pace, I knew something was very wrong. I was wheezing and it was agonizing to try and breathe, I thought I was having a heart attack.
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Pre. Cross Country is a sport that requires pushing oneself through immense pain to achieve a goal. I never wanted to go through any of those pains to achieve anything. I used to think that I was going to participate in an after school activity for fun, but then my cross country team won the state championship meet, now I know I can do anything I put my mind to.
I had spent months training for those 20 minutes. I prepared for every possible thing that could have gone sour during those fleeting moments that would determine how my freshman season would end. If the start was too slow I would gradually speed up after mile one. If my hip injury worsened mid-race I would alter my stride to avoid pain. What about if I completely fell apart one mile in?
As I ran across the finish line for the last time I could not help but smile; all the memories and lessons learned from my years on cross country and track flashed before my eyes. Salem Cross Country and Track has impacted and shaped me into a leader, friend, daughter, and student. The competition and friendship I found on the cross country and track team is amazing and has aided me in personal growth. The challenge of running is something that I have learned to cherish the most during my years as a high schooler as it taught me to always work hard.
I 've run on purpose since summer 2012. I would go to a park close to home a few times a week to run on a one-mile gravel path that wrapped around the park 's perimeter. At the time, I was mostly concerned with running the one-mile loop as fast as I possibly could. I 'd run so hard in the mid-day heat that by the time I completed the loop I would be overcome with dizziness and an inability to catch my breath without laying on top of a nearby picnic
I couldn 't endure those athletes with slogans of "challenge oneself, surpass oneself " before; considering them as insatiable rebels with over-competitiveness who create barriers for the world to achieve social tranquility. As for me myself, I thought I was a person with great wisdom and foresight back then; for I only put in the precise force that are barely enough to rub through situations without bothering too much. After all, with the strategies of leaving myself some leeway, life wouldn 't get too tiring. And this conserving life philosophy has seemingly benefited me all along, until the appearance of Coach Chavez, a rather talkative Track coach who has just recently graduated from college.
My altered landscapes project explores how every individual has environments or places that at some point served a significant purpose in their life. For some, this could mean their grandmother’s house because it reminds them of when they were 5. For others, this could mean something as simple as their favorite coffee shop. This set of images captures locations that were important to me during specific periods of my life.
Each person has a choice in how they see the world. Those who choose to base their lives on doubt, choose to limit their ability to experience the diverse opportunities the world has to offer them. Focusing on the fear of failure keeps them from seeing the possibility of positive outcomes. It is human nature to want to feel good about ourselves and avoid embarrassment and rejection. In reality, few people can boast of only successes and it is only those who can overcome their self-doubt and try something new that can learn and grow.
It all started on a summer day, I went to nags head beach with my family. We got a big beach house with my whole family and a few friends. This was about 4 years but it feels like it was just the other day. We went at the very end of the summer. It was still nice and warm outside.