Over the past two months, strike that, throughout all of my Ironman training, I’ve had a bevy of highs and lows. From achieving firsts in two new sports to almost quitting because of my knee, I was (and still am) athletic and emotional putty. I’ll also be the first to admit that I got whiny, pitied myself and there were even points that I thought my world was over.
How foolish I was.
Newsflash: SHIT HAPPENS!
It always has.
It always will.
But it’s like my dad always says, “It’s not what happens to you – it’s how you handle it.”
As I find myself lamenting my trivial woes, I also find myself thinking about some very important people in my life. From the serious health issues in my own family, to one of my friends recently discovering she has a brain tumor, I am in constant awe of how unwaveringly positive they are.
When I ask one of these people how they’re doing, they always say, “Couldn’t be better!” The other still giggles about Hello Kitty and is carrying on her life with the most astonishing optimism. It’s not only empowering, but refreshing. If these people who are actually faced with serious issues can handle what happens to them with such positivity, I have no excuse.
Think about what matters in your life. Really. Then go after it with feverish joy and positivity. If something doesn’t go as planned (mark my words: it won’t), this is your opportunity. Don’t wallow in your self-serving tears. Put on your big girl pants, handle it, learn something and most importantly, go and make something of it.
Every day I learn something new. Something new about training, about the type of athlete I am, about the kind of wife, sister, daughter, human I want to be. Every day I’m working to figure out how I’m going to leave my mark on the world while still trying to remember what’s really important in life.
Do I, do you, want to be the person who cries every time a bad hand is dealt?
Get after it. Fall down. Pick yourself back up. But don’t forget why you’re doing it along the way: