I'm posting this pic of myself soaking wet, with no makeup on and a look on my face that is undoubtably not a smile.
But yet I am super proud of this pic, and I think I look amazing in it.
This pic was taken at last weekends Rugged Maniac, a 5K obstacle race where Jenn and I navigated 25 "hard but doable" physical and mental challenges. The point of this obstacle was to swing from hanging rings over this pool of muddy water. I was in the cold water here because I failed at it.
But I still love this pic. It represents that I tried something that was to me super scary and hard. And, come on, that look on my face is priceless.
When I turned 45 a couple years ago, the sobering realization hit me that my time on this earth was at best halfway over. I decided that I was no longer going to let fear hold me back from doing the things that I'd always wanted to do.
Fear of failure. Fear of looking dumb. Fear that I was just not strong enough, smart enough, talented enough, whatever. So I signed up for my first obstacle race. And of course I dragged Jenn and a couple other friends with me. It was called Tough Mudder, and it kicked off my love of Obstacle Course Racing. It was so much fun, and indeed super scary.
But you know what was scarier?
That same year I opened the Goodwellness fitness studio. It was a dream I'd had for awhile...an alternative to the traditional gym where clients could get in shape and achieve their goals in an effective way with a limited risk of injury.
It was a terrifying thing to go for this dream. Would people be interested in what I had to offer? Would I even be good at training? Would I get enough clients to be able to make my bills?
But I went ahead anyway and it was the best thing I ever did. We help so many people feel better at Goodwellness, and we just keep growing.
Also that same year Jenn formed a duo with her husband Jeff. She stepped on stage to sing and play the guitar for people for the very first time.
Do you think that was scary? Hell, yeah.
But she did it. She pushed aside her fear and did it. And she continues to bring joy to the people that come out to listen to her play, spend some great time with her husband and make a little money too. (By the way, they are called The Apron Strings, you should check them out here)
If there is anything you've always wanted to do, even if it seems difficult or terrifying, I urge you to give it a shot.
Sign up for that race.
Take that trip.
Start that program.
Open that business.
Make that music.
Remember, we are only on this earth for a short amount of time. Why not make the most of it?
Reward doesn't normally come without a little unpleasantness, and without a little scary work. But oh man, it is so worth it.
And what's the worst that can happen? You might slip off the rings, but you'll survive. Just get out of the water, finish the race, and keep going.
You got this.
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