1. Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    can you get extraordinary results from ordinary people? 

    i have seen a lot of things in my day, but one thing i have never seen is a typical person produce atypical results

    whether i was a the big news paper or a little blog that became big,

    the ones who created the biggest splash were the ones who were willing to leap from the tallest high dives

    and twist and turn and tumble and tuck and then

    spread wide open as the earth and sea sped up to them

    and then braced for impact.

    they were also the ones who got out of the pool, watched what they had done

    repeatedly

    climbed up that giant ladder

    step by step by step by step

    and did it again and again and again constantly learning.

    to me it’s the only way.

    to me you can’t pay attention to the russian judge.

    to me you can’t acknowledge that the water is cold or that youre getting old

    to me you can’t blame your speedo or the wind or gravity or anything

    you say how can

    i

    make magic right here and right now

    how can

    i

    make possible the impossible, like i did then and then and then.

    and that is not ordinary.

    ordinary might keep you on the team but theres a percentage of us who are all

    when the handshakes after the game happen, i wanna be one of them who the other side is all

    dude, that was incredible.

    i remember being in little league, thats how much this guy impressed me.

    i was the only black kid in the league and he was the only japanese guy.

    his name was kenji, i’ll never forget. we were like 9, maybe 10.

    he was the star of his team, i was the star of mine.

    and after i said, how do you say you fucking rule in japanese?

    he didn’t know english very well.

    he just smiled and bowed.

    and said kenji.

    which now that i write this down i think maybe

    he did know english

    perfectly.