Friday, 19 August 2016

The Race for Space - Public Service Broadcasting

Lyric:- 'We meet in an hour of change and challenge' - John F. Kennedy

Song Choice:- Here's another selection from Public Service Broadcasting which uses the famous JFK speech, 'We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win' - September 12, 1962.

I love the last word of the speech the most - Win. Winning's important, well it was in the Race for Space for the USA in the 60's and it is for me too. If you are enjoying the Olympics as much as I am, you'll know everyone loves a winner. Even a silver or bronze however hard won just doesn't cut the mustard. As for Fourth? Well you might as well be 44th.

Heroes are made and years of dedication and hope are lost in a split second, it's edge of the seat stuff.

It sounds harsh doesn't it but the Olympic motto 'Citius, Altius, Fortius', which is Latin for 'Faster, Higher, Stronger' highlights how we should look at our own lives perhaps, all of the time, and not every four years.

Getting into the right mindset's the hardest thing as there's a whole world of mediocrity out there to relax into. Modern life has so much distraction, it's amazing that we ever get anything done, let alone strive for winning or being the best in the world at something.

I'm happy that I want to be a winner and want to be the best I can, there's no shame in that. I wonder how many folk would agree. Then again getting the most out of life doesn't have to mean landing on the moon or win an olympic gold, it's just about getting the most out of what you've got.

Try being a winner today. You might enjoy it!

Rory Coleman
976 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records - 8262 Days' Dry

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