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I ran track my first two years of high school, but I never thought of myself as being fast. Looking back on those days brings to mind one important lesson: Focus on what you can and do it.

After only taking six days off this summer, I resumed work in the library four weeks ago. Like it always is this time of year, work’s busy–like, 12+ hours a day busy. I also moved this weekend. I’ll move again in another few months. Then I started my library schooling this past week too. There are other things going on, but I can’t remember them right now.

And it’s all fitting together, these new races I’m in, because it’s time to focus on what I can do and do it.

I’m not looking to run sprints or relays to avoid being yelled at these days. Rather, I’m looking to do well and learn another important life lesson.