Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Thoughts as India wins its first ever individual gold medal. Look at the hard work Abhinav Bindra has been putting in. 7 hours each day shooting, plus 2 hours of other workouts, for 4 years - actually more, probably 10 years.

Hard work.

Abhinav looks at the bull’s eye - a dark 5 millimeter spot on a brown piece of paper, at the other end of the hall, as predator looks on at it’s prey. As the finger softly presses the trigger, there is a crackle of sound. The sharpshooter tugs at the pulley and examines the target. Time for another spot.

This routine is followed with rigor seven hours a daily plus another few hours for physical training: jogging and stretching exercise. Thus there is complete dedication of body and soul ten hours a day, 365 days a year. "I may not like it but at the end of the day, I am pretty exhausted," says he.

Luck cannot win you an Olympic gold (or silver or bronze).

1 comment:

AGworld said...

Marksmanship has been in our blood since Vedic times.
One only has to remember Arjun's response at his swayamvar.. "do you see your brother, your guru, your family o Arjun"

No, "I only see the eye of the fish!"
And no, there is no substitute to hard work.

Yet more proof, that the whole Ahimsa nonsense is a recent fascination!