Angels and Demons.
I love dragon boating, not only because I feel that it’s a strong man’s sport, but it’s beautiful in a way that it teaches me, and constantly reminds me not to be selfish.
Canoeing is a self-centered sport, where a person’s achievement corresponds to his efforts. Unlike canoeing, dragon boating is about giving. This is a sport that requires me to abandon the desire to stop, or put in less than my best when the going gets tough. Its about putting in my best for my team mates. It’s as Adrian perfectly moulded the idea in 3 simple words; Pain, Team mates, My Best.
There’s a story of a village, where the village chief decided to hold a celebration. And in the festive occasion, the chief asked his people to bring their best wine along so that all the wine that the villagers brought will be poured in to a huge cup and be shared among everyone. And it doesn’t matter if a villager’s best wine isn’t good enough because at the moment when all the wine has been poured in to the cup, the quality would be averaged out.
However, the villagers thought to themselves that they would just bring water and pour it into the cup at the festival and the rest wouldn’t know…
So, the festival came and when everyone drank from the cup. Not surprisingly, it tasted just like water… This is the essence of being in a team. A team is about giving. A team is about the strong helping the weak so that collectively, everyone becomes better off. A team is not only about accounting to oneself, it’s about every single bit of an individual’s effort, benefiting everyone in the team as well.
Sadly however, as race day approaches, this camaraderie isn’t what I feel. Instead, I feel myself dreading every training day. I drag my feet, bringing my burdened thoughts to Kallang-heavy hearted. During training, the strong disrespects his peers, doesn’t trust their team mates outside the click, and behaves like a pathetic bitch that trash talk within themselves after training. This is just wrong. It kills the spirit. And this wrong cannot be justified even though we are the best team out there in the upcoming race.
There are the angels as well. Team mates that motivates me. Team mates the gives me the reason to push harder and go further even though I know that there are people who doesn’t trust me in the boat while I row. And thats the reason why I am still in the team. These are the people that I treasure. These are the people that I row for during races. Even though some may not be racing, I would be bringing their heart and spirit along to the race, because they are the ones who make all these sacrifices worthwhile.