I am sure everyone has them and it affects us the most with things we are passionate about. For myself if you were to tell me I can't go to DisneyLand for another year I would say no big deal. But when I received a letter that started like this " We regret to inform you that you have not been selected to compete in the 2009 Badwater 135miles Ultramarathon." I felt like i had just been crushed by a bus. When a challenge is in your head that demands so much work, you think about it all the time, it seems like the world is over when it is taken from you. Meyrick Jones received the same kind of setback a while ago when he wasn't named to the World Cup Team for the races in March. Think about how frustrating it would be to plan something for so long and miss it by not much, 0.4% off to be precise. Imagine being the top swimmer in Canada on your way to Olympic Qualifier and you are hit with the flu and you miss your once in a lifetime opportunity because of 1 100th of a second. There are no words to describe the pain.
So, This is when setbacks can crush us or just make us stronger. For Meyrick and I we had to make a decision just like everyone else that are dealt with setbacks in their lives. Are we going to give up or are we going to work harder?
We will push, We will not be crushed. With all the love and endless support surrounding our passions and endeavors, we have found the will to take on the next challenge. There is no end. We made the decision to not be crushed. How will you handle your next setback?