Life isn't a race but sometimes it can feel like one. It's almost as if we're racing against time and every destination has an allotted amount of time for us to reach it. Nowhere in those timelines however, do we account for mishaps. Those things which detour us from our regularly scheduled program.
Hurdles in racing, operates as an obstacle to determine the speed, strength, capability and durability of the race participants. In order to place first, one must be physically fit and possess a greater stamina then that of its opponents. The only difference in life is that when we're faced with hurdles outside of a competitors nature, it's usually us competing against ourselves. Competing against that part of us that's experiencing something that we don't quite feel equipped to handle. That part of us that knows when growth needs to take place but we're too afraid of experiencing change. That need to be comfortable and have everything go as plan.
Unlike in athletics, not much preparation is rendered when we're faced with certain hurdles. There are times when we're knocked completely off of our feet like when a sudden death occurs or when we lose a job or perhaps when our trust has been betrayed. They all feel like fatal blows and it becomes unimaginable to consider that you'll ever move past the pain. But eventually as time progresses something within kicks. We become naked to the realization that we're human and that we've been dealt a hand that's requiring more from us. The analogy is perfect considering that one hand doesn't account for the hold game, but there'll be more.
Sometimes we have others who've been placed in nearby corners to help coach us over hurdles. These are the people who witness you at your weakest state and love and encourage you until you've built up enough strength to advance beyond your present state. They're not always friends. Sometimes they're people who you'll only meet once or whose been apart of your life, just not in a great magnitude. You never know the hidden gems that people may have laying dormant on the inside of them. I've dealt with a few hurdles in my life and with the assistance and prayer from people that I didn't even know, grow to a place that I could then help others in the same magnitude.
When facing your next hurdle in life, remember, you're building speed, stamina, strength and progression to get you further than where you were before. A greater experience for a greater you!