Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Endings and Beginnings

So, it's no secret that I have a place in my heart for resolutions. I think it's because the New Year and my birthday are so close together so I enjoy taking the time between to reflect on the previous year and decide what I want my life to look like in the coming year. I therefore LOVE resolutions, and don't believe in that whole "I resolve not to make resolutions" stuff. Hogwash. Everyone needs a little reevaluation and resolution, and not just at the New Year, but several times throughout the year. The bonus to resolving at NYE is that you usually get fireworks, sparklers, and a big kiss for bonus :)

In 2008, the year I turned 25 I resolved that I would do the Danskin in Austin that June. I had come to a place in my life where I was nearly done with my master's degree and this looming 25 and I wanted to do something fabulous in what I considered my first real year as a grownup. I was surrounded with all this unfinished business in the way of craft projects, relationships, all kinds of things begun but not brought to fruition. It had started driving me nuts, and I decided I needed a healthy dose of SOMETHING to get me not only in shape, but something I could work toward. It worked. I have learned so much in the last two years about people around me, about what my body is capable of, and that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I ended up doing the Danskin in 2008 and then 3 triathlons in 2009. I can safely say I have the bug.

Whatever your reason is for starting down the path of 5Ks, triathlons, marathons, walking to the end of the block, do whatever you need to do to hold onto that first passion of inspired commitment. I read somewhere that one of the most important things you can do when deciding to do a race is to start telling people you're doing a race. Heck, if you can, sign up and put the money down for it.

And then when you complete your goal, tell us about it and tell us about your journey :)