That Moment

Write an essay which conveys to the reader a sense of who you are. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, experiences which have shaped your life, the circumstances of your upbringing, your most meaningful intellectual achievement, the way you see the world-the people in it, events great and small, everyday life-or any personal theme which appeals to your imagination. Please remember that we are concerned not only with the substance of your prose but with your writing style as well. We prefer that you limit yourself to the space provided.

There were only 10 minutes left until the big final. Time had stopped for me. I felt like entering into a totally different dimension. People were talking to me but I couldn't hear them, I scarcely sensed their material presence. I was starting to experience vibes that were gradually taking control of my body. Although I was familiar with these sensations, this time they were more intense, and I liked the feeling.

Somehow a sentence from my coach managed to pass this invisible barricade and reached my mind and in the most subtle way gave me the final boost: "You are the best."

The race began. I was so strong and I won, I won. I was national champion for the first time and it took me only 10 seconds to prove it.

People were cheering and calling my name. I was so happy that I couldn't do anything, I just stayed motionless and in that moment millions of thoughts crossed my mind. The feeling is just unbelievable and so hard to express in words, maybe impossible. Then I turned my eyes to the sky and thanked the divinity. After that I felt so peaceful and really started to express my elation.

This experience completely changed my life and also my future. I understood then how much I love running and equally how much I...

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