Good news is widely heard, but on the other hand, bad news travels much faster and makes people more interesting. With this in mind, on this occasion, I present you a great positive story that began in October 2012. She did not read so quickly, but we hope she will still be far from hearing.
This is our story. The curtain rises, the show begins.
"It's easy to think, it's hard work. To work as hard as possible is from everything in the world." (Goethe)
Through my sports career, I have built many positive features that have led me to a certain view of the world and the conviction that everything is possible. From this conviction, I am always asking myself, "In what way?" How to reach the goal, to the solution? How can I get the best out of the situation I'm in? How can I best justify the purpose of my position?
And that's how it all started. Listening to young people (children) around me and talking to them I came to the conclusion that children rarely have the opportunity to show how much they are worth. To show all their potential. To prove first and foremost to themselves and others, their quality and their value that is measured by traits rather than skills.
Not everyone is able to quickly remember, quickly solve tasks, understand what is required of them. Not all developed conversational skills with which they can present what they know and not all of them are able to handle the ball well and with their body. And exactly these skills are being sought from them in order to determine their value, and most of the competition just demands it.
What is neglected are characteristics that reflect someone's character and which are more important than anything else so far. And having all this in mind, I remembered what helped me to strengthen my character and not be ashamed of what I am.
Of course, many of them helped me a lot of situations from my sporting career, but I notice that I am still on my training courses today. I remembered what my first half-marathons brought to me, and then the marathons and how proud I am to each of them. And here we come back to the question "How can I help these children show how much they are worth and be proud of themselves". And the answer has already been imposed by itself.
Marathon. A marathon is a chance for children to get something valuable, something most valuable that life can give them. Opportunity to build your character through perseverance, perseverance, responsibility, organization, determination, sacrifice, knowing what they are capable of doing. Opportunities to become PEOPLE.
"Do not believe in words, either to your own or to others, believe only with works, both your own and others" (Tolstoy)
Now it was necessary to move from words to works, from idea to realization. We identified the problem, found the solution, set the goal, and what we have left is to find the way in which we will realize that idea. Now he needs to twist his sleeves and get caught in the evil spirits
"To make a new step, to say a new word - this is what people are most afraid of." (Dostoevsky)
You know, there is something in people to "scare" something new, something different, something where they do not see the final outcome. And this prevents them from spending a little more energy if they do not have a direct and immediate profit from it. It prevents them from getting out of their comfort zone and looking at a little wider picture of what is in front of them.
They told me: what will it do to you, do not waste time, lose energy, do not pay off, they do not care, it's not your problem ... It's not my problem? So who will if we do not, professors? We are at that place and we have the opportunity to change something. Who will stand up for those kids who cry for proof?
We have to bear that responsibility because we have the honor and privilege to make people from the children. Starting from this privilege, I did not hesitate, but I started with the work of the Marathon section of the Zemun gymnasium, which was intended to prepare children for a half marathon and a marathon, and whose hidden goals were the values I previously mentioned.
Prvi izazov je bio kako razbiti predrasude koje deca imaju o maratonu. Maratonu kao nekom teškom, neizvodljivom i rizičnom poduhvatu. Razbiti predrasude o tome kako to rade samo vrhunski sportisti, i neki ludaci. Kako je loše po zdravlje. Da stradaju kolena… I još mnogo takvih i sličnih njima koje je trebalo razbiti da bi deca uopšte počela da razmišljaju o tome da krenu u priču zvanu maraton. 🙂
However, I was fortunate that among my students I had great individuals who, for the reasons they knew, "on the first ball" started to make this adventure without much conviction. I believe that it was a little helpful also by the fact that with my example I showed that the marathon does not hurt so much and that someone close to them (I think someone they see every day) can do it. Whether the marathon section had a good starting point from 6 registered students who quickly realized the meaning of everything and who later helped me a lot in everything.
How important, the right information gets to as many children as possible but that they still understand the essence? It was the next question that was in front of me. The time of Physical education for them is not enough inspiration and I tried in various ways to explain to them what the marathon section is and what kind of opportunity they are providing. He listened a lot to his ears and heard a few of them. And I realized that I had to take a step further and organize something that would be striking and that it would have a big effect on the children.
The solution was PRESENTATION OF MARATHON. It was intended to break prejudice and bring them closer to them. With the help of the first members of the marathon section, we held a presentation in the ceremonial hall of the Zemun gymnasium where a phenomenon called marathon was presented in an interesting and recognizable manner.
The first thing that surprised me was that the solemn hall was full of more than 150 students and professors of the Zemun grammar school. And we have not shared anything for free except for the right information and positive energy. It turned out that this was an ideal way for children to feel at least a fraction of what marathon gives them, because after the presentation, a large number of new members of the marathon section were registered.
The following questions that were asked in front of me were: "How to organize the number of children entering the world of running and how to maintain motivation." It should be noted that school (teaching) does not suffer, that everyone gets equal treatment, provides safe conditions for training and all in the period that is most difficult for them. The end of the semester approached, conclusion of estimates, unfavorable weather conditions, rain, wind, snow, ice and other "children's diseases". All this fell on the shoulders of these young heroes. Personal example, continuous motivational conversations, meetings, various trainings, changing training locations, cooperation with other racing clubs, races and other gatherings were some of the ways to create a cohesive racing team.
You have to bear in mind that these are mostly non-athletes, who have not yet had the opportunity to feel such a system of values and such a relationship, and that they have not developed such a relationship to themselves, their bodies, their health and their habits so far. A lot of them were new to them, and they understood everything they could do. And of course we have tackled all the challenges and overcome all the obstacles we have encountered and created a team of young people who now represents an inspiration to others.
Gloria discipuli, gloria magistri - The glory of the disciple is the glory of the teacher
There is no greater reward than when you harvest the fruits of your work and when you see how your principles for which you are so proud reflect on others while spreading like some unstoppable virus. All energy and sacrifice for these ends become justified. For me, it is a transfer of life lessons (knowledge and experience) to something that is not priced and which is irreplaceable. Watch how children become people, watch their joy, laughter, pride, win over themselves, and watch how they create history, so there's more value than that.
Čast mi je i zadovoljstvo da sarađujem sa tim mladim ljudima i uživam u stvaranju nečeg jedinstvenog na ovim prostorima. Čast mi je što sam deo Maturanata maratonaca. 🙂
These are the beginnings and the successes of Maturant's marathon runners will be presented on another occasion. Stay on this channel because you have not heard the best of all. The second act is just followed
"The world is a stage where everyone plays their part". (Shakespeare)