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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Three and a half pike

Switching on the TV, I crash onto the sofa just as the screen comes to life and illuminates the room. It has already begun. I watch as he walks up to the edge of the platform and stands looking out over the cool, rippling water below. An eerie silence washes over the spectators as we wait. And wait... 
Prepare..take a breath..launch..pike..somersault..once, twice, three and a half times into a straight extension..arms through the water..vanish.
And so the spectacle continues as I look on amazed; awe-struck and inspired. One by one their bodies tease gravity with every twist and turn and I can't help but wonder how it is possible to fly through the air at 35mph with such grace and artistry.
As with anything in life, achieving greatness takes time and energy. An athlete's journey towards the perfect 10 will always include many hours of practice, belief, blood, sweat and tears. Still they continue on regardless. There will be moments on our journey where we naturally face obstacles and self-doubt. Sometimes, we breeze through this and come out the other end unscathed. Other times, we find ourselves belly-flopping in a spectacular fashion; temporarily winded. But that's ok. It's all good practice. Pulling ourselves up out of the pool, we dry ourselves off and start climbing the steps once again in the hope that the lesson learnt will take us just that little bit closer to reaching our great potential.


  1. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I've had my share of belly flops, but each time I dive off the board,and land perfectly, rippling the water of life, it makes it all worth it...

    Bravo my friend, love this post, inspiring :)

    1. Ahh, that's a great quote! Wasn't aware of this until now. Thank you. It's so true.
      I applaud your bravery in spite of these pesky belly flops we all have from time to time. Makes us who we are.
      Have a great weekend my friend!

  2. Yes, but do we look as good in Lycra Spandex?

    Anyway, I do truly agree with you! A great lesson here.

  3. Hehe, my days of parading around in speedos are over (for now)...
    Thank you mister. Hope you're having fun in the sun :-)


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