Troublesome facts that clog the life
With multitudes of failures marring
Lives we wished we’d never led.
And all it would have taken was
To change our sweet reality.
The light was red, but let’s just say
For argument’s sake, that it was green,
And hey presto! Your life’s so changed,
From barely even making the team
To all that glitters is the gold.
When I was a kid my event in the pool was the 800m freestyle. There have been many great female distance swimmers over the years and we were lucky enough to have home representation in the form of Rebecca Adlington.
However, when the 2012 London Olympics rolled around, an unknown fifteen year old called Katie Ledecky stole the show and she has been dominant ever since. As a past swimmer, I watch her in awe. Her stroke is hypnotic and she is the type of swimmer that makes me immediately want to go back to the pool and train myself.
I was watching this little Youtube documentary the other day and it was interesting to see how she dealt with the pressure on that night in London. Really, she took what was actually being shouted and turned it into something that was much more positive for her.
Most people, that night, were shouting for Rebecca because she was the hometown girl. But instead of hearing ‘Becky! Becky! Becky!’ she chose to hear ‘Ledecky! Ledecky! Ledecky!’
I’m not suggesting that this alone was responsible for her winning an Olympic gold medal, but that surge of adrenaline and confidence must have done something. Sometimes we need to literally turn the world upside down and back to front to achieve our impossible goals, but sometimes, with a bit of imagination, we can create something magical.
We can quite literally make up our own little world that fits our own story.
One thought on “changing reality was all it took”
There is no doubt in my mind, Rachel, that the messages we give ourselves, and the narratives we believe, determine how we feel and how we perceive the world. And that really does make all the difference; it really does. It’s not that we change objective reality; if it’s raining, it’s raining. But we change our reaction to it, and that is what’s key, as I see it.