Two years ago, he ran his first race, a 5K. Last year, he started training and posted a great time at the Columbus Half Marathon. This year, as a senior, he decided to join the track team at the local high school. As a kid who has been home schooled his entire life, I can imagine it’d be a little scary to join a high school track team as a senior knowing no one, but if my little brother Jason has proven anything to me, it’s that he’s motivated and determined, and that he can do anything he sets his mind to. This past weekend, we had the privilege of going with him to his first track meet ever, a sort of “pre-season open meet” at Ohio State. He was running in the 4×800 meter, so we had a bit of time to watch some of the other races and cheer on the Upper Arlington Golden Bears.
While waiting for his turn to run, Jason looked super focused and intense.
Watching as he lined up with the other runners, I could tell that Jason was a little nervous, but still as determined as ever.It was exciting to watch him run his first race, and I swelled with pride as he flew around the track. He may have been a little disappointed with his time, but I couldn’t have been more proud of him, and I felt so inspired by him. Not only to start running again, which I was, but also to chase after dreams and go for it even when the challenge in front of me seems so daunting. His courage and determination showed me how controlled by fear I can be. Fear of not being good enough, fear of failure.Congratulations, Jason! I truly am proud of you and can’t wait to see how you progress through the season. Don’t ever be afraid to chase after the things that you are passionate about, because I know that if you leave fear behind and do what drives you, you can make a huge impact on the world around you. And who knows, maybe one of these days I’ll be able to run a half marathon with you.