Today, Little Miss Runner Pants wrote about how we talk about the goals but, so rarely, about the achievements. Yes, we talk the talk, but then we are silent when we walk the walk. She urges us all to brag.
Little Miss Runner Pants said, “BRAG!…let your own accomplishments be what drive you to go harder, faster, longer…and then when you’re done turn back around, roll up your sleeves, lace up your shoes, and get back out there and do whatever it is that you’ve been doing, that’s gotten you to where you are!!”
She has granted us bragging rights, so let’s play along.
I’ll go first.
Where do I start?
“Little Julie” used to be a very introverted, shy, private and insecure person. In reading through some of Tom’s journals, it is apparent that my insecurity was somewhat of an issue between the two of us in the early years of courtship. I am sure that he never dreamed that I would be reading what he wrote so many years ago. Nonetheless, I am no longer that same person.
As a working mother of very active children, I have become adept at managing impossible schedules. If there is a way to make it all happen, then I would make it happen. Correction, if there was a way AND if I *wanted* to make it happen, I would find the way. I have learned the skill of prioritization and finding balance in my life. I had, up until Tom’s passing, come to a point where I had all that I wanted. I had the husband, the children, the house, the career, and my hobbies. What more is there? Health. I have mine, the kids have theirs, and we thought that Tom had his.
I digress – back to the topic.
Somewhere along the line I became more outgoing, more self-assured, and more of myself. I am no longer afraid to have my own opinions. I have learned to not be afraid to make those opinions known if I feel that my opinion should be known. This led to a few disagreements, but I would remind Tom that this was something that he asked for. I also, however, learned to keep my opinions to myself when it didn’t matter.
In regards to my running hobby, I am most proud of the example that I have provided to my children. My children see me as someone who is not afraid to set a far-reaching goal and go after it. I don’t give up when I don’t reach my goal; I re-evaluate things and develop a new plan of attack. It is my hope that they will know that something worth dreaming is worth the effort. Life is a journey that we can endure or enjoy. It’s not always easy, but let’s try to enjoy it more (while we have it).
Now, it’s your turn. Yeah, YOU. Go ahead and write your bragging blog and comment to let me know that you did it.