April 18, 2012
Nothing in life can be totally controlled--even your ability to start over and get renewed--but if you make the effort, it can happen in surprising and fulfilling ways.
This past Sunday I rode the train to Boston because I was running the marathon there on Monday. The whole ride, I was composing an ever-so-slightly self-congratulatory blog about how each day is a new chance to press the "Restart" button. The reason why I was so smug in advance of my marathon is because before I actually ran the 26.2 this time, I was envisioning running my fastest marathon time ever--handily breaking 3:30, even though I barely trained (not a problem for me--I am a natural runner who doesn't need to "overtrain"!) and it was slated to be close to 90 degrees (no a problem for me--I am a hot weather runner!).
What's the expression? "When you make plans, God laughs"?
As it turns out, I am not a superhero and in fact ran my slowest marathon time in Boston by a LOT. However, I did finish the race in crazy conditions and am feeling fully recovered a mere two days later. In fact, I feel better and more prepared than ever to perform to the very best of my abilities in my next race.
My original thesis still stands, then. Every single moment is an opportunity for a fresh start. It is never too late. I can't emphasize this enough: we women get so caught up in beating ourselves up for everything, but forget that perfection, or anything close to it, is impossible to obtain. Striving to evolve, be a better person, perform better, and DO better, is not.
Maybe your fresh start might be a stutter step at times, like mine was, but it's a forward step nonetheless.