UF Swimmer Maxime Rooney is undeniably a man of many talents. Part Swimmer, part writer, Maxime has started his very own blog. You can check out here! We’ll be featuring his content on the site as he continues to post, so stay tuned! 

Hey all! It has taken me some time to get back into my routine, but I’m happy to be back writing. This post has been on my heart for a while, and I wanted to share. I invite you to join me in exploring my new series: Love In Action.

He closes his eyes, attempting to shield them from the sight of the crowd in the stands. Stepping to the starting line, his body violently shakes as a result of the high stress. He is worried about his performance. He is worried about going home to his father without a medal in his hand. The gun goes, and the race begins. He trips over his own feet as he crosses the starting line and becomes the laughing stock of his peers. He’s angered and discouraged. With a rage-inspired courage, he stands right back up, sprints to finish the race and wins the silver. This was his race to win. Already disappointed with himself, he goes home with his medal in his hand to receive more disapproval from his father. His efforts and the silver medal were not enough, and they never will be.

She wakes up and looks in the mirror with disgust. All she sees is ugliness and a person who believes she is not worthy of love. She drags her feet one at a time to practice and class where she is all but encouraged and loved. When she’s giving her best, it’s not enough. The weight of the world and the community around presses on her shoulders and they begin to sag. The little hope that she had of the new day begins to fade, and she falls into a lonely hole. She’s discouraged. She does not see the light at the end of the tunnel anymore. She does not see any results from her efforts. With no idea of where to go or to whom to go, she remains hopeless, and she continues to struggle.

We all have friends for whom these are real battles. If truth be told, none of us, myself included, are immune from these struggles time to time. Sometimes, these struggles make us feel alone. Often times, we believe the lie that no one can relate to the problem we have and that we have to go through them by ourselves. As a result, hopelessness is reinforced, and hopelessness continues to run rampant in this world. Let’s be honest there is a lot of goodness in this world. Yet, we should not be so blind as to believe that there isn’t any sickness, terror, poverty, and many other issues inflicting pain, suffering, and sorrow on those around us. As for me, I can’t ignore all this hurt and harm. It’s painful to hear talk and see no action. It’s painful to see people aspiring for change but receiving no deliverance. It’s painful to see those looking for answers in the wrong places. I long to see transformation through the way we tackle these issues. I deeply desire change for our world, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. The world needs hope. It needs encouragement.

Ultimately, the world needs love.

My series, “Love In Action,” is going to talk about how we can love, support, encourage, and give hope to those around us.

Thank you for reading!
I hope you all have a great week.

Written by Maxime Rooney from his personal blog