Sardonic Sistah Says

Observations… Ruminations… Ponderances… & Rants from Another Perspective

The Black 4 Minute Mile

with one comment

Sometimes you have mental barriers.  Those are the worse kind.  They are a lot harder than the physical ones because the real ones you can look at and assess; you can begin to pare it down in your mind.  But the ones that only exist in your mind get bigger and greater.  You can’t widdle it down because you can’t really touch it but it does exist and it feeds off your fears.  So soon you decide that although no one can see it that it does exist.   You can use it to tap into others fears who believe in the same thing and it becomes more real because someone else has cosigned to it.  The more people who believe it the more real it becomes. 

Someone might try to dispel the myth and tell you that the barrier isn’t there, it’s all in your mind.  But you and everyone else remind them that the barrier is there because if it wasn’t you would have done X but you haven’t done X because of the barrier that is holding you back.

Then someone does X even though you told them it couldn’t be done.  It’s like when Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile.  No one had ever run a mile in less than four minutes before so everyone believed it couldn’t be done.  But then on May 6, 1954 Bannister ran the mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds and suddenly people realized “Hey, I can run a mile in under 4 mintues”

So then the question becomes do you really want to run the mile in under 4 minutes?  What about your weak knees?  Your propensity to become short-winded?  The fact that you hate to run? 

Mental barriers are the worst because one someone breaks through then you don’t have the fear anymore.  Or the barriers.  It’s just you in your bare feet, the track shoes dangling from your hand by the shoestrings.  You can either put them on and run like the wind or admit you never wanted to join the race anyway.


Written by rentec

20 January, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Posted in blogging

Tagged with

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. *clapping* spoken like a true thinker…and closet buddhist

    Indeed it true, but in all things the choice is always yours. There is no must or must not. Just be in whatever way makes you better.


    27 January, 2009 at 11:43 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: