“Do one thing a day that scares you” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Recently, I discovered that doing something that takes you out of element, challenges you, and scares you truly helps you grow.
I have never been known as an athlete. As a child, I basically tried every sport in the books and never developed the talent, skills, or coordination to really succeed. I always had a good spirit and got my teammates pumped up and excited, but I was known as the benchwarmer.
I always was one of the last people to finish the mile run in gym class, and never first chosen for kickball teams at recess. I was still a physically active child, who played outside, enjoyed riding my bike, and being at the park; but I never was considered “sporty” or athlete in the making.
When high school rolled around, I felt pressured to be involved in sports because I thought it was “the cool thing to do”. It was ultimately a disaster, I bounced around activates from year to year, never really finding a place where I felt like I fit in and could succeed in.
From cheerleading, to golf, to show choir, I gave everything a shot. Yes, I did like being a part of these teams and activities, but at the heart I felt disconnected, not good enough, and sometimes embarrassed at my lack of ability.
Towards the end of my high school career, I started to take up yoga and going to the gym. I feel in love with hot vinyasa flows, and yoga sculpting with weights. For about two and a half years I made yoga apart of my weekly routine and it worked well for me. For once, I finally considered myself capable of being good at a sport or activity.
Now that I am halfway through my college experience, I have begun to experiment more with weight lighting, cardio, boot camp classes, and cycling. I am constantly trying new group fitness classes and exploring new exercises in the gym.
My point in sharing the history of my athletic ability and fitness journey thus far, is to tell you that you CAN do anything you put your mind too. Don’t let the stigmas created by society limit you. Don’t let your pass define you. Just because you have always been “known” for being a certain way, doesn’t mean you should live up to that name.
I was never the athletic girl growing up. I was never confident in my physical abilities.
I let myself be just the benchwarmer. I let other people’s opinions get to me. I let the degrading words bring me down. I told myself I wasn’t good enough and I never pushed myself past it. I never believed in myself.
Now here I am, doing all the things I never thought I could do because I finally realized that I only lack the ability, coordination, and skills because of my limiting thoughts, unwillingness to work harder, and fear of what others will say.
I discovered that doing something that takes you out of element, challenges you, and scares you truly helps you grow. I’ve pushed myself harder to prove to myself that I am not just an uncoordinated girl who can’t do it. I am no longer scared that I may embarrass myself or that I may mess up and be known as a joke. I finally broke down the all mental barriers that have been up for as long as I can remember.
I am confident in my physical capabilities. For once in my life I am setting and achieving athletic goals. Never in a million years did I think I could lift more than 20lbs at a time, run a 15K, or even touch my toes.
It is amazing to what the body can do when you open your mind up to the possibilities.
So, go ahead… break down your personal barriers and limitations and challenge yourself to overcome what scares you the most. You may discover a new passion or talent, or even a love for something you never knew existed.