How bad do you want it? That was the question I had to ask myself a couple of months ago. I qualified for the Spartan North America National Championship age group race in West Virginia and I knew I "had" to compete! I also knew it would be a challenge.I am not talking about the race itself, I was wondering/worrying how I would navigate to and from the race. When I travel, I always travel with someone and that someone, always books the plane tickets, books the hotel and arranges the rental car, basically all I do is show up! ( yes I am that person) So It began, I signed up for the West Virginia race, booked my airline tickets, booked the hotel,(feeling very proud of myself) and then started asking friends and family to accompany me, but even with my huge family and my vast number of friends. (insert sarcasm) everyone was busy! This became a challenge. Anyone who knows me knows I am directionally challenged and that means walking and driving. I cannot tell you how many races I have turned the wrong direction, ran extra or just plain got lost. Reading signs and driving in new places is even worse,it sends me into a panic. I would rather run 100 miles in the freezing cold or speak in front of the stadium full of people then rent a car and follow signs in and out of the airport.
( insert panic)
So I did what any sensible girl would do, I put out requests on the Spartan Facebook page, asking for a ride to my hotel, the race and back to the airport. I finally received one response from a man who was flying in from Denver for the race and he said he would be more than happy to give me a ride from the airport to my hotel, from my hotel to the race but he could not give me a ride back to the airport Sunday as he was racing again. Well, tickle me pink. I had a plan . I would take a ride with a spartan stranger to and from the race and then somehow hitchhike /find a way back to the airport on Sunday morning. From what I understand there’s not much Uber service in the mountains of West Virginia, an hour and a half from the airport.
My plan might have worked until..... my sister saw my communication on Facebook and she thought I was crazy for accepting a ride from a stranger. I replied that Spartan racers are some of the nicest people in the world! Then I told her if you are all so concerned maybe one of my 6 siblings should offer to go with me! ( insert guilt trip)!! So how bad did I want to compete in this race? Bad enough to make it happen at any cost! I often make excuses in life, but I realize they are just that "excuses". Now I ask myself, "How bad do I want it?"
Today, right now, ask yourself what you want and what fears and obstacles are you willing to tackle to get it!
Full disclosure: My sisters basically guilted my fiancée into traveling with me to the Spartan Race, but....., I happen to meet the man who offered me a ride while we were waiting on the start line. (he appeared safe) AROO
"Feel the Rush"
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What do you want your life to look like? The amazing thing is the choice is yours. I have spent many years of my life being passive, allowing things to happen to me. How many of us are spectators in our own lives? I know I was for years. I watched my energy decrease. I was tired, bloated, and had brain fog. Most days I woke up only to look forward to my next nap.Then I began an active quest for energy, peace and joy! I can honestly say it was a long journey, which I am still on. I am no longer looking for the magic pill! Magic hacks....yes! At 51 I feel more energetic than I have in years. If I were to give everyone the top 3 things to allow you to live your life with energy, peace and joy...