“Right now, he can’t seem to lose” is what was said about one of my favourite countrymen athletes after his fourth win in the last five tournaments he has competed in… CHAPEAU!!!
Oh, what a difference a year makes.
Last year, he was at the very bottom of this competition… this year, he came in at the top.
Last year, he was so far behind he never caught sight of the back of the frontrunner from start to finish… this year, there were times when one of his chasers were breathing down his neck but he maintained to stay ahead until the end.
Last year, he had some great moments but could not string them together to move up to the fore… this year, he had many not-so-great moments but managed to pull it together to not fall down and behind.
In short, he has emerged from the background to the forefront in just a year!
And along this move, there are a few things that seem to also be taking shape in him.
Maybe a winning formula – maybe routines, based on scientifically sound theories and empirical data, give him an unshakable foundation to fall back on when he has doubts about his plays.
Maybe confidence – maybe winning, multiple times, in a row, each time in a new way, makes him believe that he can adapt his game to more and more situations.
Maybe dignity – maybe the responsibility of being in the position that he is now in, receiving the admiration and expectations he once had for others, certainly must give him pressure but also pride and push his back to move even further to the fore.
And maybe his successes, including the struggles he face on his way to them, push someone else’s back to emerge to the fore.
What will take shape in them along their moves?
Maybe their own winning formulae and confidence and dignity… and pushes in the back of many others.
Maybe differences as obvious and incredible as this athlete will not be seen in each in just a year, but if everybody sees bits of differences – changes for the better – in themselves, maybe it is good evidence that we as a society are making a sure move forward.
This one is for all the tatters who (unknowingly) push my back to tat – thank you!
Sharing my tatting here is a big move from back to fore for me! I never would have imagined that I would be posting photos of them on the Internet, but I can’t seem to lose my love for it… what a difference a year makes!