Soooo, I’m kind of a huge rom com fan. This week, I rocked Legally Blonde 1 and 2—classics! I had to laugh, though, because in every rom com, there’s a low point where the opposition seems to be too much to overcome. However, that point is short-lived, and before long, some “ah ha” moment kicks in where everything comes together for the happiest of happy endings!
While this feel-good formula is part of what makes the rom com so fabulous, in real life, that forlorn scene before the happy ending can seem to stretch on forever. You’ve been working your butt off, invested so much, received support from so many individuals, overcome obstacle after obstacle, and it feels like on the one hand, that goal is just around the corner, on the other, it is just as far out of reach as ever. It can be easy to find yourself questioning your ability to push that boulder over the top of the hill; to achieve that happy ending.
This is something I have been working through lately. I know I’m fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been, as evidenced by my ability to lay down the second fastest run in the elite women’s race at St. Anthony’s Triathlon last weekend. But I haven’t been able to put everything together, and in the hours between sessions, the self-doubt can creep in.
Unfortunately this blog post is not one that provides the *magical solution* to breaking through. But many often wait to share what they’ve going through until there is a “happy ending” to report. So I thought it was worth sharing from the trenches! Going through a rough patch? You’re not alone :-P
But as Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” I continue to love what I do, believe that I can win, and commit to doing everything in my power each and every day to make that dream a reality. That is the best advice I can provide for others: continue being true to yourself, putting in the work, and keeping the faith that your time will come.
When it does, through the process of pushing that boulder up the mountain, you’ll come out the other end not only with the result you’ve been working so hard to achieve, but also a greater sense of self and more strength than you ever imagined! This anonymous quote captures it well: “The ‘bad’ things that happen in our lives often put us directly on a path to the best things that will ever happen.”
My next opportunity to track the progress of my “boulder-pushing” will be next weekend at Gulf Coast 70.3. I can’t wait for another honest look in the mirror that racing always provides!