At what a better time of the year with the NFL Championship and this year’s Super Bowl on the line to relate that athletes in all levels in any sport do at some point experience euphoria, a high as you will, of a fleeting moment of sheer excellence unmatched by teammates, opponents, or even themselves. It is often said that like in Athletics many individuals in their own lives experience euphoria and exhilaration in their vocation. For some that moment in the sun happens when the brilliance of the mind sets one apart from all the others. Whether they have stumbled on a successful formula or through trial and error managed to complete and succeed in solving a troublesome problem. For them they too have had that moment in the sun.
But, it is in athletics that most assume athletes when they achieve a certain level of excellence have if for ever how brief a time will achieve their moment in the sun. In the history of sport there have been those who have left a lasting legacy, an undoable mark that have earned them legendary status that placed them at the top of their game. Moments like Bart Star’s dramatic clutch touchdown in the final seconds of the 67′ NFL Championship. That moment in the sun is now a part of football lore.
For ever how brief of a time one has in the sun, it could be just for a split second or over a duration of several seasons they have managed to reach that pinnacle of excellence. Unfortunately, time marches on. It waits for no man. Soon that sun will set leaving only those memories to wash away the tears of sorrow and regret. For many whose age defying abilities have earned them everlasting fame and fortune only to be now past their prime, all that is left are those snap shots of past triumphs pressed between the pages of the mind. And, yet for all those who have witnessed great feats of athletic powerless, academic excellence, or heard rapturous music, or have seen great works of art all have come from those individuals who have had that moment in the sun.
For Tim Watkins whose own athletic abilities may not have been witnessed by the multitudes but nevertheless managed to sporadically attain that moment in the sun. One can arguably say that given Tim’s sphere of reality where the loneliness of the long distance runner was his playing field did have that moment in the sun. Now, the sun has set on a lifetime of achievement content in the knowledge of personal satisfaction knowing full well not many could ever duplicate those personal athletic moments of a time when Tim had that moment in the sun.
For all those whose abilities enabled them to attain a caliber of perfection regardless of the level of expertise do at some point each in their own way manage to experience that moment in the sun. For Tim Watkins and so many others like him when that moment in the sun arrives is a personal reflection of their ability to master an ability whether it is jumping hurdles or playing Beethoven. That moment of the sun arrives not just in sports but by all individuals whose abilities through perseverance and dedication in fields of endeavor earned that moment in the sun for them to cherish and others to try to match.