Over the past three years, I have been actively taking part in track and field (Athletics) events and recently taken an interest in mindfulness courses within the past year and a half.
I started track and field accidentally when my P.E. instructor told me to take part in one meet and try the 100m and 200m. I soon found out that I’ve got a natural talent in sprinting. Thus finding the sport that keeps me physically and mentally tough. Because Track and Field is a very lonely sport done by an individual, training requires mental toughness since often times, there is no one motivating you except for yourself. At first this was an extremely difficult task as I lacked the mental and physical strength to continue training sessions purely from exhaustion. Over the next couple years, I was able to develop the strength and mental toughness needed to excel in the sport. By competing during the Spring~Summer months, I have been able to develop the confidence and focused demeanour that a high level athlete has when competing on the national stages. Calm and collected.
Now that I look back on my memories of my track and field career, I realised how far I’ve come and how much that Track and Field has helped developed me as a person. It has helped me stay physically fit which gives me satisfaction as I enjoy attempting to keep a aesthetically fit physique as well as making sure I don’t give up in situations where I am lacking in. Be it academically or athletically. Not only this but I am much more calm and relaxed when doing public speaking or presentations.
As I mentioned earlier, I have started taking part in mindfulness courses on YouTube for the past year and a half. I was originally introduced to this at a Sports Academy called IMG Academy, during Winter break of 2017. This introduction opened my eyes in a way that felt slightly unreal and relaxed. It allowed me time to reflect on my day, how training was, and focus on what is currently happening to my body. Just by noticing the small movements and staying present, it allows me to consciously think about decisions that I make in the present as I understand that everything that I do now will affect me in the near future. Not only this but Mindfulness has taught me to understand my body, which in turn allows me to think about what I can do to emotionally and spiritually heal myself to keep my self healthy. I’ve also noticed that by taking Mindfulness, I’ve become less prone to diseases and sickness. I don’t believe in psychic ability or magic but I do have a hunch that by keeping yourself in the present, will allow you to become less prone to diseases.
Therefore I will definitely keep taking part in Mindfulness and continue my Track and Field career as I am currently running my best times in the 100m and 200m!