What do you know? Days after Kaedence turned 10 months he decided that he was “man” enough to take his first steps. After a few weeks of being too nervous, laughing and giggling, as he would inch his toes forward. At 10 and a half months he then decided that this half step wiggling toes thing just wasn’t for him anymore and he took the leap into a full stride. 16 steps at a time before he would get tired and reverted back to his much more comfortable crawl position. By 11 months he was confident. Walking was his thing and running was about to be his favourite. Running from me that is, hands up in the air clutching some article that he shouldn’t be holding. Each step again came with a giggle and an attempt to run faster. The “get away man” I like to call him…
When I look at my son I smile about the progression in his steps and it makes me think. It is amazing how children just have the “will” to do things. Kaedence flirted with the idea of walking early by getting familiar with standing tall and strong to then taking his first steps to now full on running, can I just remind you this child of mine is not even a year yet!
When I take a moment and look at my track career I look at it with a positive foot forward, remembering my little boys tenacity in wanting to take his first steps. 2012 I’d say is comparable to his first steps. That year I took my “first steps” the steps that gave me hunger, the hunger that I need to further propel my career and making my dreams come true. My 16th place finish at the games by far is, I guess you can say, a great job to the “average” person but to a competitor it is almost the lowest of the low. I’m ready to take off running much like Kaedence, hands in the air holding a piece of hardware in my hand that DOES belong to me. A representation of all the previous years of blood sweet and tears I have left on the track.
There is no room on the track for second-guessing only room for those who know what it is that they want, its time for me to take my many steps with determination, love and hunger!