OK…I hope this doesn’t come across sounding conceited or cocky, because it is meant it in the totally opposite way, but people tell me all the time that I have inpsired them during the course of my fitness journey.
Every time someone tells me this, I think the same thing…HOW?!?!?
Fortunately, I experienced a moment of clarity this past weekend. Moments like these are few and far between aaaand usually take me by surprise, so I pay attention!
The catalyst for my epiphany was my Sole Sister, Jenn. She ran the Winter Warrior Half Marathon last Saturday evening, C-R-U-S-H-E-D the race and set a new PR!! I was SO EXCITED for her….she has been working so hard to stay motivated and keep training during the cold New York winter months (cold = her nemesis). The race would have been a victory for her without a PR, simply because of her commitment to her training.
As I was practically shouting at her via text, she told me – again – that I inspired her. I am so glad that I can be an inspiration to her, but in my mind (again) I was like – WHY?!?!? So immediately I began thinking of all the ways that SHE inspires me! I’ll list just a few:
- She has a healthy approach/attitude toward her running and training. She is motivated by her desire to stay healthy and for the simple enjoyment of working out. She isn’t out to impress anyone or try to be better anyone. She simply wants to be better today than she was yesterday.
- She doesn’t fret about races. She runs them for sheer enjoyment (and medals, of course). She doesn’t mind stopping to take pictures, hand out high-fives, and a host of other things that I would find mind-boggling and crazy to do while the time is ticking away on my chip. I adopted her no-stress race approach for Dallas, and I believe that it was a huge factor in my mental toughness on race day.
- She is an encourager. That just speaks for itself.
- She is a SPARTAN BEAST! I can’t wrap my brain around it. She COMPLETELY inspires me this way! I am not tough enough to carry heavy buckets, roll in mud pits under barbed wire, jump over hot coals, climb tall things AND do burpees while having to run in between! She is so much stronger than me!
Jenn isn’t my only inspiration, but I am using her as an example. I’m fairly certain that she, like me, doesn’t see herself as inspiring. And even though she always tells me how much I inspire her – she is also an inspiration to me and countless others. My point (and my epiphany) is that when we follow our passions, try to be the best version of ourselves and our best life – we can’t help but inspire others.
So go follow your passion, be the best version of you, live your best live and set the world on fire!