Thursday, August 9, 2012

"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die tomorrow."

"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die tomorrow."

It is time for everyone to start realizing their full potential in life. We are all capable of so much. We let the stresses of our day get in the way of living the life we once desired. We let fear get in the way. We are not living the life we once desired, we are living our fears.

Now is the time to dream again. Now is the time to dare and make a difference. Now is the time to do something for you. Yes, I know, you’re a care-taker right? You're so unbelievably good at taking care of everyone else. Yes, you’re good at it. But, are you happy? Are you living out your dreams?

Is there something that tugs at your heart, a dream of yours? What is it? Don't say, oh it is silly or too hard or too late. That isn't true. Don't live your life with regrets. Try saying yes, mean it and be open to exploring possibilities.

But know that anything worth doing seldom comes easy. There will certainly be challenges; there will be bumps in the road. There will be bad days and days when you want to quit. But keep your eyes focused on your goal and move on, keep going.

Believe in yourself.

I also believe that everyone has something to offer to others. It is important to help others, to teach, to encourage and to motivate. Why? Because I firmly believe that everyone is capable of greatness far beyond what they think they can do at the present moment. If you have something to offer others, then help.

I believe that I have something to offer to others. I have gotten my running coach certification and December of 2011, I opened a FB page to encourage others. 

I have come a long way over the last few years. With my move to a new town, I left my family and friends and city that I knew. My stress fracture in early 2012 that stopped me from doing what I loved to do the most, I've learned a lot. I've cried so many tears. I've been angry, horribly sad, depressed beyond belief. When you hear on TV that depression hurts, it's true. It hurts.  But slowly, I've climbed out. I have realized that pushing my limits through exercise and helping others keeps my world happy and ground stable.  I still occasionally deal with depression and its ugliness. I keep seeing this image on websites and at first, it just irritated me. But the more I saw it, the more I realized that maybe it was a message to me. Maybe my depression and bad attitude is a choice? Maybe I could just turn things around and be happy. Maybe depression's ugly butt could be kicked out and told to beat it. I try and focus on what makes me happy or I do something nice for someone else. Either or always works.
Ever since I was a little girl, I would look in the newspaper to see if a place called Death Valley, CA made it the list as the hottest spot in the United States again. Even back then, I was fascinated by the place. Years later, it is not a surprise that my goal is to run the Badwater 135 mile endurance run. It starts in Death Valley. My critics tell me it can't be done or I don't live in a proper weather condition for training (the beach). I certainly don't listen to my critics, in one ear and out the other. This fall, I'm running my first 100. It is the first step in making my dream come true. I will likely need to run what is called the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. Its 4 100's in four months time. I can see myself running the Badwater endurance run, I envision myself and I have set a goal, 5 years. I will run it and nothing; absolutely nothing will stand in my way.

What about you? What is tugging at your heart? What would you like to achieve in life?

"It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." 

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