t help but cheer for a goal achieved, despite the fact that our placing wasn ’ t #1. “Good job girls! ” Kiana applauded from the back. We rested for a couple of seconds be- fore heading back to the shoreline. My whole uniform was soaked by the filthy lagoon water. I could even feel the salty water drying up on my skin. I felt disgustingly contaminated, but I still smiled like an idiot. I could already see the rest of my team on the shore line and in the disgust- ing water jumping up and down, clapping their hands together like seals, and proudly cheering for us. When we reached the shore line, Uncle grabbed the end of our boat and dragged it on top of a tire. “ Get out of there girls! ” He motioned to us, with his big smile on his face. I walked to- wards the back of the boat and by the time I climbed out, a bridge was made by the rest of my teammates. The others girls who were already out ran under the human bridge, as a celebration for our placement. I gripped my paddle in my hand and ran under the bridge as well. I ran with a
Raralio 5 satisfied heart and an ecstatic smile. My anxiety, fear, rage, eagerness, and competitiveness were no longer consuming my emotions; the only emotion I could feel at that moment was relief. I immediately went under our tent and laid on the ground, resting my exhausted body. If there was one thing I ‘ d wish I could have done differently that day was to think differently. The entire time before it was my turn to race, all I could do was feel scared for myself and worry about simply nothing. I didn ’ t get to enjoy myself or the company of my supportive teammates and family members at all during that time. The worst that could have happened was that our boat would end up being last place, but that would rarely be possible if we didn ’ t try our best. We all knew that we put equal amount of energy into that race from the looks of how drained we were afterward. Even if we didn ’ t get 1st place, I was completely satisfied with being in 2nd place. I didn ’ t expect the best results, but knowing that I tried my best is satisfying enough. Mak- ing it to the top 3 was just the ultimate bonus for me.
- Winter '20
- The Varsity, 2004 albums, Canoe, The Starting Line