January 20, 2008

"Cars Hurt" (Tim Nixon, speech #5323)

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for. – Epicurus

I always find myself writing about the things on those “encouraging” posters found on every Liberty class room wall. “Your future starts now” or “Make your dreams come true!”, a more astatically pleasing way to portray the most fundamental life lessons. Although you will not find this on any poster because of its less than vigorous objective, I’m sure you have all heard it before but in some sort of context like “be happy with what you have”, it is much more complicated than that. I used (Past-tense) to run cross country, by all means I was not varsity but I did have some sort of strategy I used during races. At the crack of the gun (which is quite possibly the most repulsive sound I have ever heard) I would “start out fast but not too fast, start out slow but not too slow” (Nixon, speech #3492), in other words, I would try and find a good place somewhere within the front half of the pushing, shoving, spiking, crowd. By the next fourth of a mile I would have found my pace for the race and stick to it until mile 3. Mile 3 was the most difficult, but because I had stayed at a constant speed during the prior 2 miles I was in a bit more shape than the other girls I was around (the third mile is not for the faint of heart to run or watch, most are on the verge of collapse or explosion) I could speed up the slightest bit and pass at least 10 girls. Life is like a race (life can be like just about anything). We have been taught since we were young that we need to be always striving for something better, we need to be running every mile like it’s the third. Let me tell you, that third mile cannot be run as effectively if mile 1 and 2 are not constant. Although ambition and dissatisfaction are necessary, there are times when contentment is also very important.

If thou covetest riches, ask not but for contentment, which is an immense treasure. –Gulistan