On Monday it was my birthday and I think birthdays are a great time for reflection. In my mind, it is a start to a new year!
Last year, I got a little down about my birthday. But probably not for the reason you are thinking, I actually enjoy getting older! Ready for it…I had a hard time last year because I felt bad that I had “wasted” so many years not being active and that I had lost out on some good racing years. The me four years ago would have thought the me a year ago was nuts for feeling bad about missing out on “good racing years”. Now I just smile because I see how much my life has changed over the last four years.
This year was a lot different. I am so thankful for what life has brought me! And I can see that the person four years ago is what made me the person I am today!
I now see that had I not been that unhappy, overweight person, I wouldn’t want to work so hard to be the happy healthy active person I am today. I think back to her and how she felt and then I think about me today and how I really have no desire to ever feel that way again. That is why I am constantly pushing myself outside my comfort zone and challenging myself. That is why I picked up running and and completed four half marathons (& am registered for two more). That is why I registered and completed a duathlon. That is why I just registered for my first triathlon.
I have grown so much and when I think about where I want to be in the next four years, I really don’t even know. I think my options are limitless! I can honestly say that the me of four years ago didn’t think that way and I feel sad for her. However, she came around!
So I want to thank the me of four years ago because without her and everything she taught me, I wouldn’t be the me I am today!