My friend’s mom did something really funny a while back.
Her daughter and I were competing in a sac race.
For the uninitiated, a sac race is a type of race where you hop into a sac so that everything from your chest down is inside the sac. When the whistle blows, your objective is to run as fast as you can just like in any other race.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then it’s probably not a surprise to you that I absolutely loved sac races. I was also really good at them and usually came 1st or 2nd place.
I always did the races just for fun and didn’t really think much of my winning streak.
My friend’s mom, however, apparently did.
Just before the this particular race started, my friend’s mom ran to the tracks and whispered something in my ears.
She said that I should look at the others and try to keep the same pace as them so that everybody would finish at the same time. This way, we could all win the race together.
I nodded in agreement. It sounded like a nice thing to do.
I watched her run up to the other contestants and whisper in their ears as well. Just like me, they nodded as well. Maybe they also thought it was a nice thing to do.
The starter allowed my friend’s mom to get off the tracks and then he blew the whistle.
We all started running.
At first, there was nothing surprising happening.
All eight of us smiled as we carefully monitored each other, being careful not to get ahead.
Then we got to the midway point and things got a little more interesting.
From the corner of my eye, I noticed my friend (the very friend whose mother told us to win together) bolt toward the finish line.
At first, I thought it was a mistake and that she would fall back in line with the rest of us.
She was gunning straight for first place.
Being the fighter for justice that I am, I couldn’t let this happen. I secured my toes firmly in the corners of my sac and gunned for the finish line too.
Side note: This is the magical secret to winning sac races. Stick your toes in the corners of your sac. (I know. This is life changing information. You can thank me later. Let’s get back to the story).
The remaining six girls saw what was happening and made a mad dash for it too. The frenzy was so intense that a couple of them actually got tangled in their sacs and toppled over
See? toes must stay in the corners
I guess I could have stopped to help them but I didn’t even think about it. I was going to win that race.
At the very last second, just before my friend crossed the finish line, I came breezing right past her and came in first place.
I don’t remember if I said anything to my friend or her mom after the race. My best guess is that my mouth was probably too busy savoring the sweet taste of victory.
What did I Learn from all of This? 3 Surprisingly Obvious Ways to Win at Life
- Don’t let your friend’s mom whisper in your ears. She might be trying to trick you
- If you’re a winner, let your excellence inspire excellence in others. Don’t dull your shine
- When you’re running a sac race, always keep your toes in the corners of your sac