The quote above is the name of the blog of my English teacher, Mr. T. I didn’t understand what it meant at first, but now I think I do. Last week, we watched Mr. T’s favorite movie in class. I forgot the name of it, but it was about a basketball coach who directed his players with his own “plan.” Why do I put quotes around ‘plan’? Because it was only somewhat of a plan- players worked together by driving the other team to their breaking point. There wasn’t any specific steps to it, it was loosely organized, and it was completely crazy. Yet it was their key to winning every game. Along the road however, one of the teammates, Hank, dies from an enlarged heart problem, and the rest of the team mourns his loss. However, rather then quit, they use his memory as motivation to win game after game until they reach Nationals. During this time, the coach discloses his favorite Shakespeare quoe; “The Readiness is All.” It’s short, yet so incredibly powerful and true.
Life has its challenges and its setbacks, but you must be prepared for them. This preparation, this “readiness,” is the key to surviving through tough times and achieving your goals. Last week, my Varsity cross-country team and I competed in the league finals. We had trained extremely hard all summer, logging over 700 miles with killer speed workouts and 16-mile LSDs. However, we crash-landed at the race, and scored only 5th place, nowhere good for moving on to CIF. We felt ready, we were ready, yet we were not. We trained so hard over the summer, but we weren’t ready to run as a team instead of individuals during the season, and that is what killed us. Nevertheless, like the team in the movie, we are looking forward to moving on from this together, and dominating the upcoming track season as a team. All we know now is that have to be ready. -Heather