An Inspiring Life Anthem

I was listening closely to the song ” Greatest” by Sia and I suddenly realized that it had such an inspiring message.  I could apply it to both my family life and my athletic life.
Here are the lyrics that specifically caught my attention:

Uh-oh, running out of breath, but I

Oh, I, I got stamina

Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes

Well, oh, I got stamina

And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb

But I, I, I got stamina

Don’t give up, I won’t give up

Don’t give up, no no no

Don’t give up, I won’t give up

Don’t give up, no no no

We all have days or moments where we feel overwhelmed or where we think that we have nothing left to give.  We have to remind ourselves that we are stronger than what we might believe.  

Our mind has a tendency to put doubt in our own abilities and strength.  Perhaps it is about being in our comfort-zone.  It is so much easier to say “I can’t” than to actually make the effort to overcome.  That is the worst thing that one can say to themselves.  It literally puts you in a rut!

When I started training for a triathlon, I had so much self-doubt.  Starting these adventures after 40? What was I thinking?!  Luckily I opted to work with a personal trainer.  He caught on to my self-doubt quite fast.  Whenever I felt as thought so could not do anymore, his mantra was “This limit is just in your mind .  You need to get past that mental barrier”.  He was right!  He has proved to me that I am capable of way more than I could have even imagined in my adult-onset athletic life! 

That belief in myself has definitely carried over into my regular (non athletic) life as well. It is about staying strong and believing in yourself even against the odds.  There will be failures, yes.  But those are just like mountains…tell yourself , “I’ve got Stamina” and keep going.  If you feeing like as though you’re running out of breath say, “I’ve got stamina…don’t give up don’t give up…no, no, no”. 😀. That gets  you out of “victim” mode instantly!

You will also realize that that ” Stamina” is both physical and, more importantly, mental.  The more you train yourself to believe, the better you will get at progressing yourself through the journey of life…obstacles and all.  Self doubt will naturally subside and you will gain the strength and the focus to pursue your ultimate goal (whether that be a triathlon or merely being a happy soul)!

So don’t give up, don’t give up don’t give up no, no, no.

A.K.

The sun will rise…again

Inspired by the concept of impermanence.

The sun will set…with beautiful colors…but fret not, for it will rise again

Close friends will move on…leaving you with only memories…but fret not, for there will be many more people to meet 

Relationships will go awry…leaving you confused…but fret not for this will make you grow (wiser and stronger)

Babies will grow up…giving you fewer cuddles and kisses…but fret not for you can enjoy their teenage humor and shenanigans 😀

You will have a really bad day…making you feel worn out…but fret not for work is only a minor part of your day

You will mess up from time to time…and question your integrity…but fret not for your own forgiveness will give you a new beginning!

Youth will slip away…enter botox?  OMG!!!…fret not for wisdom is the key to eternal happiness (and costs much less!)

The sun will set…in all its glory…but fret not for it surely will rise again!

The point being that sometimes things start to look grim beacuse we so badly want to hang on to a “status quo” where we feel really good.   But if we just understand that this feeling of despair is self-imposed (due to our “attachment” to a situation or thing or person) we will be able to move forward.  The happiness that once was is also around the bend (in the form of a new opportunity)…just make that turn…again😀

A.K.

From Start to Finish

  
I finally get to conclude the Half marathon training section of my blog.  😀

It was a very educational journey.  I learned a lot about myself. It made me stonger…both physically and mentally.  It tested my level of determination. It made me believe in myself. 

The few days leading into the Brewers Race day, life threw a slight curveball (no pun intended) my way.  One of my kids generously brought home a cold virus from school.  😀 Unfortunately, I fell victim to it.  I felt stuffy and miserable for two days.  With only one day left before Race day, it was time to take matters into my hands!  

I used all the home remedies possible to beat the cold:

  • Fresh fruit juice loaded with Vitamin C
  • Lots of Ginger Green tea
  • Black pepper concoction 
  • Turmeric 
  • Eucalyptus steam treatment 

Luckily, the strategy paid off!

When I woke up on Race day I didn’t feel quite as miserable but I knew I would have to be extra cautious and pace myself. 

The nerves prior to start time was probably the worst of it.  This was the first time in my life that I was talking to myself saying,”You can do this!”  I said these words many times on the route.  Along with Imagine Dragons, U2, those words got me through!

When I was approaching Mile 12, I knew that I would see my family soon and my pace for that mile went up by one and a half minutes!  I knew the end was near…I was going to make it!

The smiles from my family and the hugs and praises were actually more rewarding than the physical act of crossing the Finish line. 😀

It was a good day!

  
A.K.