Posted on: 16th September 2019
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. What can YOU do to run your leg of the race well?”
If you could achieve a world record, what would it be? Do you know what Felix Baumgartner did? Or what David Goggins did 4030 times in 24 hours? Compare this to the achievement of Roger Bannister on May 6th, 1954. All of these challenges required great self-belief and determination. They all faced the challenge of something that hadn’t been done before.
What about you? Will you be the person that the history books will be mentioning? Do you love a challenge enough? Your challenge may not become a world record but I hope you are able to find something this year that causes you to grow to overcome it. I challenge you to enter a race that requires determination, effort and consistency. The house system represents such a competition. It is a marathon, not a sprint. I am inspired when people, who thought they could never run, go on to complete 5k’s, 10k’s, half, then full marathons. For those who think they will not be able to do anything like that, maybe 2019-20 is your year to face a challenge.
In all our challenges and achievements this academic year, let us remember that without love, they are worthless. The promise is that love is the greatest motivation and reward we can receive. I pray that you will love to challenge yourself this year, but I also challenge you, above all, to love.