Pat kept running, more like dragging her feet, she had sprained her ankle, the strong winds kept blowing but she was determined to keep going, pushing and putting one foot in front of the other. Other runners sped past her and it made her feel so slow and discouraged; she kept wondering if she would ever reach the finish line.

Not everyone would win a marathon but Pat thought that at the very least she would be amongst the top 10, but since the race started she had lost count of the people that had run past her. She was sure she would be the last, felt like a loser, it didn’t matter that her ankle was sprained.

She was tired, in pain, thirsty, drenched in sweat, and wanted to give up, in fact, quite a number of people along the way had told her to stop since the race had ended, they said it was no use continuing the race. Absolutely no one would blame her for stopping if she did; what with her sprained ankle and all.

Pat refused to pay them any attention, she was going to finish the race even if it meant she would finish last, she wasn’t going to give up, she owed it to herself and wanted to prove to herself that she could start something, see it through and complete it.

So she kept limping towards the finish line and when she was within a few meters from it, her body almost succumbed to the sheer exhaustion she felt; sweat dripping, muscles clenching, she stopped, closed her eyes, and bent over. Just then a few people standing by began to cheer her on; she opened her eyes looked up and she saw that two people had picked up the tape at the finish line and held it up, encouraging her to finish her race.

She felt a surge of adrenaline and laughed, then started towards the finish line, it was such a wonderful sight, the same people who had perhaps urged her to stop now egged her on. And when her breasts broke the finishing tape, she fell to the ground and felt the utter bliss of accomplishment;

“Yes, I did it!!!” She exclaimed

The year is fast coming to an end and it might seem that we are yet to accomplish a quarter of the goals we set out to achieve this year. Sometimes like Pat, we see others making progress in certain aspects and feel like we’re a little slow, but please do not give up.

The truth is we are running individual races in life and would excel in different ways and aspects of life, do not compare yourself with another person, everyone has their “downtime”, but don’t let yours put you down permanently. We could have legitimate excuses or “crutches” why something cannot be done but if you look past them, you will them for what they truly are “EXCUSES”.

Like Pat, refuse to give up, continue going till you achieve all your dreams and goals. Choose to deliberately, actively, consistently take steps to make all my dreams come true and achieve all your goals. Say to yourself;

“I would keep taking going, putting one step in front of the other, baby steps, maybe but I would keep going”

Don’t give up yet, you are almost there, sometimes succeeding and making your dreams come true is not about proving anyone wrong but proving to yourself that you are stronger than you think, sometimes we must stare down our fears, sometimes we must keep moving even when things seem hazy or blurry but move we must.