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March 29, 2018

The Meaning of a Start Line

oiselle running hannah calvert

I’m 12 years old and I’m staring down at a chalk white line on a dirt track in the middle of a field. There’s a feeling in my stomach, it’s not nerves, it’s not a feeling of tightness that often accompanies doubt - It’s a stirring. It’s pure excitement. I’m not sure what will happen once I cross that line, but in the midst of the pause between the “on your mark” and the pop of the starting gun, all I can think about is how I can’t wait to find out.