This is my day!! I went to warm up… Didn’t talk too much… Focus… Focus… Focus… Do everything perfectly right… Thinking of how I would do it… I saw nothing except the golden medal… Do I really deserve it?! I spent whole six months training like never before… I did what I could do… I trusted in God… He will never fail me down… I usually warm up in 45 minutes… These 45 minutes went like 45 seconds… I felt each millisecond… Never wanted to waste any of them… Everyone who looked in my eyes saw the abstract meaning of trust and faith… Trust in myself… Faith in God's fairness…

And after all it was show time! I got my favorite lane… Lane 5… The referee whistled… On your marks… He said this… The whole stadium went silent… Players moving so slowly to their block starts… Each focusing and willing the golden medal… I took steady steps towards my block start… Whispering with my prayers to God… I bent down… Took the position… And cleared my mind… Nothing I think about except the block start push… I gotta concentrate so hard to achieve a perfect reflex action… Get Set… The referee says out loud again… In my place, Everyone so scared… I could even hear the heart beats of my coach… my friends… and goooo

The referee announces the start of the war!! Faster faster faster… Screams and shouts all around!! Ooops a bad start… I am the last one on the first hurdle… I won’t surrender… I will do my best… Everyone screaming… Noises interfering… I keep telling myself… Faster Faster Faster… again I check where I were in the race… I found myself moving forward… Now it’s the fifth hurdle… The middle of the race… I became in the third position… Bronze… NO NO NO.. This is not my goal… I want gold… go go go.. I hear my coach voice among all voices… I keep saying faster faster… Now it’s the seventh hurdle… I feel the race more and more… I go on more and more…  Now second place… Not much time left… Not much space left… The race is getting over… I had much stronger will to snatch the first place… This will exploded in me powers I never thought I had them… Now the ninth hurdle… I got that girl in front of me… I passed the last hurdle… FIRST PLACE… I broke my personal record… I finished the race with everyone screaming… No one believed that I could do this… Last placed for nearly half the race… And getting the first place within 6 seconds… That’s within an eye blink!! My trust in God never failed… My faith didn’t degrade… My trust in God gave me self-trust… The main reason behind getting the first place and breaking my personal record… 

This was the story of a 14.3 seconds race… They pass like 14 years and 3 months…!! Feeling every moment… To be or not to be… The options I have… I always make my decision and nothing can take that from me…

Published by Abeer Ghander