"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
That quote has always inspired me. Such a simple message with a powerful meaning. How many times that applies to us in life! Always dreaming of what we want to achieve, what we want to try, and what we want to change. Sometimes for various reasons, something holds us back from those dreams. For me personally, change and stepping out of my comfort zone is a scary thing. Fear likes to creep in and fill my mind with doubt and unbelief in myself. This has been something, that as I have gotten older, I realize needs to change. Of course we all know how short life is and time passes us by in a blink of an eye.
To conquer fear or unbelief, it's helpful to remind myself of things I have overcome and conquered. Over 20 years ago, my husband and I decided to move out of state. I don't think I knew how in over my head I was until we arrived in our new state. Struggling with being homesick, it was hard to imagine how this could be my new home. Slowly but surely, confidence grew as time went on. I adapted and learned a ton in the process. Little did I know but that first out of state move would be followed over the years by 3 others! And as difficult as those transitions were, I wouldn't trade them for anything as there was so much personal growth in each of those moves. Come to think of it, going through that process was surely instrumental in my overcoming my extreme shyness. When looking back at our moving adventures, certainly not realizing it at the time, but I was brave.
Over a decade ago, I caught the "running" bug. I have always enjoyed running, but never made a habit out of it. Watching my dad for years dedicate himself to this sport, I always admired his persistence and determination. He is still a runner today and that is a passion he passed down to me. With the joy of running also comes the downside though. Having battled injuries that seemed relentless and hard to overcome...but I did. Goals were conjured in my head that seemed unachievable...but those goals were met. Running a half marathon with a sub 7 minute pace was a definite dream. Over the years, my half marathons hovered around the 7:30 minute pace. With my age obviously not on my side, I pretty much threw this goal out the window. That is, until recently, when a fire inside came over me and I told myself, this is it. This opportunity may soon be out of reach. Serious training was a daily ritual and there was no room for doubt. Just a few days after my birthday, I reached my goal of running a half-marathon in 1:30:26/ 6:54 pace. I could not believe my eyes when glancing at that finishing line clock. My husband and I laughed so hard because we were filled with such joy. Fear of "hitting the wall" did not stop me. I was brave. What do you know, some things DO get better with age. Also, having my husband, my mom, and one of my sisters there to support me was a huge motivator. I'm so grateful for not allowing that moment pass me by. Sometimes I wonder how many missed opportunities have slipped through my fingers. Dwelling on that is not an option though. My hope is to allow those things that tug at my heart have a chance to blossom. These are just a couple of examples of overcoming obstacles in my life. I'm sure you have your own as well.
Now comes the blog. Following many blogs over the years, I have gained a wealth of knowledge from so many people. The thought of having my own blog has always passed through my mind. But fear held me back from pursuing this dream. It's hard to put yourself out there you know? I have always been a creative person, but never believed in myself enough to think I could create something that would be worthy of a blog. Those thoughts held me back. Until my biggest supporter, my husband, squashed the fears that swirled around in my mind with his confidence and belief in me. He continued to encourage me, help me take the first steps, and has been by my side to help advise me and give me his honest thoughts. Sometimes those are hard to hear, but necessary. As time has gone on, instead of listening to the fears, I now hear the encouragement and continually tell myself to be believe and be brave. I hope you will do the same as you encounter various situations in your life that take you out of your comfort zone.
Another thing that has been instrumental in my desire to start this blog is to help other people. There is so much information out there that often goes unnoticed by many. Let's face it, life is busy. People are working and taking care of their families. There just isn't a heck of a lot of free time in our day. So my hope is that the things you read here, will be of help to you as you strive to make healthy decisions not only for yourself, but for your loved ones as well. We all have dreams and we all have the ability to believe in ourselves. My hope is that you will remember that as you face your own challenges in life. Do not underestimate yourself. You are stronger than you think.