Sunday, January 23, 2011

THAT'S LIFE!

Monday's Music Lyrics - That's Life by Frank Sinatra

When I secured my selection to the 2008 Olympic Games with a stadium record, championship record and winning jump of 1.95m at the Olympic Trials, I can tell you the first thing that came to mind is a thought and a feeling that will always stay with me.  I thought about how grateful I was that I'd stayed committed to my sport.  As I've said before, as an athlete we ride so many waves of emotions.  One day you can be riding high with jubilation over a spectacular performance and the next day you can be frustrated with an inexplicable performance.  Sometimes it can feel like your superpowers have suddenly left you, not to mention the challenges that injuries and personal probelms may add.  But, there is something that needs to be said about being resilient and believing in something - even when no one else does.  And that's what makes the journey much sweeter than the destination.  Life is fun, challenging and it will get you frustrated sometimes... But, if you can muster the will to push through it, you'll be amazed at what awaits you.  This weeks music lyric is dedicated to this belief....

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


That's Life by Frank Sinatra



That's life
That's what all the people say
You're riding high in April
Shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune
When I'm back on top, back on top in June

I said that's life
And as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks
Stomping on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down
'Cause this fine old world
It keeps spinning around

I've been a puppet, a pauper,
A pirate, a poet,
A pawn and a king,
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself
Flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life
I tell you, I can't deny it
I thought of quitting baby
But my heart just ain't gonna buy it
And if I didn't think it was worth one single try
I'd jump right on a big bird
And then I'd fly

I've been a puppet, a pauper,
A pirate, a poet,
A pawn and a king,
I've been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying
Flat on my face
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life
That's life, and I can't deny it
Many times I thought of cutting out
But my heart won't buy it
But if there nothing shaking coming this here July
I'm going to roll myself up in a big ball
And die...

My my...

2 comments:

http://twitter.com/terryfinisterre said...

A lot of athletes - and others - need to read this entry in particular. Thanks, Nic.

Nicole Wendy Forrester said...

Aww... Thanks Terry!