x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Any goal is good

Many of us have spare time and energy, but how often do we put them to use to achieve personal goals and help others?

Most of us tend to set some goals for the New Year that we stick to for a little while, until life gets so hectic that we give up on them. The reality is that if we want to achieve something for ourselves, it’s not time that matters, it’s the choices that we make and the risks we take. That’s the point Eva Clarke, a mother of three, seemed to make yesterday as she set a world record, subject to official verification, at Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi for the most number of knuckle push-ups in a 24-hour period.

This is not her first such triumph. The 33-year-old personal trainer from Australia already holds two more push-up records. Part of the reason for her current attempt might be for personal satisfaction, but it also had more substance: raising funds to create awareness for the Maria Cristina Foundation, a charity that provides for children in Bangladesh.

Naysayers might consider her achievement to be pointless, given that there are a wide range of push-up records in the Guinness archives. It’s an accomplishment nonetheless. Let’s look at it this way: many of us have spare time and energy, but how often do we put them to use to achieve personal goals and help others?