Special Forces De Oppresso Liber

The first 50 mile Ultramarathon I’d ever ran was in Leadville, Colorado. My body failed out at mile 30. I had gone out way too fast. There was no coming back from the nausea and fatigue. I could barely stand much less put one foot in front of the other. And just when I thought all was lost, “I am a Champion” began to play on my mp3 player. I listened to it for four hours straight – all the way to the finish.

There are some battles in life that evoke the greatest of emotions. It’s not just the lessons they teach. It’s not just the strength they induce. It’s what they mean to us in the exact moment when all hope seems lost. It changed my entire belief-system.

Belief will change my world.

Special Forces De Oppresso Liber
I will conquer what has not been conquered
Defeat will not be in my creed
I will believe what others have doubted
I will always endeavor to pull esteem, honor, and respect out of my team
I have trained my mind and my body will follow

I will acknowledge the fact that my opponent does not expect me to win
But I will never surrender
Weakness will not be in my heart
I will look to my comrades and to those who are a part of me in this world and those who have trained me
And I will draw strength from them

I will gladly go out into the field of battle
And I will move in everything I can do
And I will reach my field of battle by any means at my disposal
And when I get there, I will arrive violently
I will rip the heart from my enemy, and leave it bleeding on the ground
Because he cannot stop me

To my side I have comrades, comrades that have been with me through thick and thin
Who have sacrificed their blood, sweat and tears
Never will I let them fall, never will I let them down, and I will never leave an enemy behind
Because our opponent does not know my heart

No one will deny me, no one will define me
And no one will tell me who and what I am and can be
Belief will change my world
It has moved continents, it has moved countries, it has put men on the moon
And it will carry me through this battle

Defeat, retreat: those are not in my words
I dont understand those definitions
I dont understand when things go wrong
I dont understand mistakes
But I do understand this:
I understand victory,
And I understand never surrendering
No matter how bad things go my heart and my mind will carry my body even when my limbs are too weak

Today will be that day
Not tomorrow, not next week, but right now, right here
In your house and in your homes

History will remember me
I will not let worrying affect my cause
I will define myself
I will write my own pages
And no one will tell me what I cannot be
I will never give up
Not until I’ve given everything I got

It is by faith that poetry, as well as devotion, soars above this dull earth; that imagination breaks through its clouds, breathes a purer air, and lives in a softer light. – Henry Giles

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