Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland.  Yesterday, my wife and I were talking about the upcoming trip.  We agreed our current plan is the right one.

The day before, my son (nine) and I were talking about it too.  I told him, “I need to figure out how to not throw up or pee my pants before the race”.

He replied, “Huh”?

I said, “Seriously, I’m gonna be so nervous.  I have to figure out a way to deal with that or I’ll truly be faced with unwanted circumstances”.

In 25 days, I fly to Helsinki for the 2009 Master’s Track & Field World Championships, 400 meters, 50-54 age group.

I told my son, I won’t be running with people from Central Florida, or even the whole state.  Not the Southeastern United States. Not the entire US.  Not North America or even the western hemisphere.

The entire world.

Until I found myself on this “stage”, and I’ve been a lot of stages as a professional speaker, I had no idea what it meant to be world-class.

What I’ve found is there is a monumental difference between dreaming about it, and actually going up against the world’s best.

I hope this inspires you to try harder, or differently, than you have in the past.  If you do, you will experience more, and live with less regret.

This will make you a better person in so many ways.   Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.