I’ve volunteered at the Chicago Marathon and watched the elite athletes go by, the handicap athletes go by, and the dedicated runner. Each trained and prepared for the day. Volunteering at the race was an awe inspiring experience. Watching the elite world athletes go by – WOW, does it get better than that? Well then you had your ‘handicap’ division in wheelchairs, some missing a leg or both legs – truly amazing! I didn’t think I could be more inspired and yet after the elite athletes, the handicap athletes, and the avid runners went through, clean up begins, cheering comes to a close and yet a group of people are on their own journey to the finish line. Many are walking the 26.2 miles. Their names won’t hit the paper and yet I found myself in more in awe of them than any of the others. They were going towards their own finish line of doing the best they could regardless of how long it took.
Life is quite like that. Some people seem to get through life in the fast lane breezing through. Others seem to have a few struggles along the way and yet find their way to the end. While others dig deep to make it because they know the finish line is a man-made line that ultimately is invisible as we all choose where we start and finish at. So wherever you find yourself on your life’s path, know that the timing is all yours to get it done. You can veer off the course and try a different route, you can crawl along the one you are on, or you can saunter to the finish line and celebrate. You choose the pace of your race.
For the next week I invite you to compete with yourself by:
Being YOUR best self regardless of what others are doing around you. There will always be people who seem to be ahead and others that seem to be behind, focus on where YOU are.
Being gentle with yourself in those moments you feel like you are taking a step back rather than moving ahead. Sometimes we need a new vantage point to catapult us further ahead. Step backs are new focal points rather than backward movement.
Mostly my wish for you this week is to see life as an adventure rather than a race. Life is about being your best self in each moment as you know you are worthy of deeper love, laughter and happiness than you had the day before.
Until next time, get on your mark, get set…and GO at the right pace for you!
~ Diana Nyad
“If I’d had some set idea of the finish line don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”
~ Bill Gates
“What I think a lot of great marathon runners do is envision crossing that finish line. Visualization is critical. But for me, I set a lot of little goals along the way to get my mind off that overwhelming goal of 26.2 miles. I now I’ve got to get to 5, and 12, and 16, and then I celebrate those little victories along the way.”
~ Bill Rancic