Saturday, September 29, 2012

I'm Better Than You. Now What?

In recent days I have done quite a bit of thinking. My mind has been reeling actually because of a comment I received from a reader on one of my Grand Canyon Rim To Rim To Rim posts. Back in May my friend Matt and I successfully completed a double crossing of The Canyon, a most memorable experience for us. We travelled through one of the most glorious places I can imagine on earth. We laughed, joked, struggled, stood in awe quite often of this wonder and simply enjoyed our time there. We captured much of it on camera and were proud and excited to share the pictures and story with our families, friends, colleagues and friends of Just A Mile To Go.

This comment, which you can read here, came 4 months after our adventure, and I will admit when I first read it I was seething. My first reaction was Fuck You! How dare you step all over us like that with a self promoting comment. As you can see I did respond in a less aggressive manner and now that I have had time to properly digest, I realize I wasn’t really angry.

I am disappointed. My frustration lies in the fact that there are people not only in our sport, but our culture, who find joy somehow in calling out their accomplishments at the belittlement of others. Don’t get me wrong. I love sarcasm. I have been the butt of many jokes and have been known to throw around a disparaging remark or two. Who is to say however, that one success is any greater than another, especially in a sport of individual achievement. Is one person’s PR more difficult to achieve than another. Since we are all different, and every day is different I say no. Your best is all you’ve got and if you give it, you have hit your top level of achievement. I am not looking for a pity party here. I am not suggesting every team in little league should get a trophy just for participating either (that’s another topic). I am saying it would be a good thing if people could be happy for others in whatever they do and for once not put their accomplishments in front of another’s as a mechanism for self gratification. In other words “Get a life”. Ok, maybe I am a little angry.

Anyway, I meant it when I congratulated Cheryl on her accomplishment. Cheers to everyone out there and your accomplishments. I don’t care if you go faster, slower, shorter or longer. JUST GO and give it all you got!

Peace and Have A Great Day

5 comments:

  1. Luckily . . . from my experience she represents only a VERY small portion of our ultra community. Thank God! Even though I am usually battling for DFL in almost every race, virtually everyone is sooo encourging and supportive! I just love ultra runners! SHE is NOT part of our 99%.

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    1. Triple F, as far as I am concerned the only way to finish DFL is if you DNS. Keep on Keepin on. I agree the Ultra community is pretty cool.

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  2. I agree! The only runner (or person for that matter) that you should compare yourself to is yourself. As long as you are moving in the right direction and bettering yourself - that's what matters.

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    1. Well said Chris. Thanks for the feedback.

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