Ready or not.... It happened!
Here is a little follow up report on the run I told you about last week.
That is the thing about life. Whether we are prepared or not...
Whether we are nervous are not...
Whether we could have used a couple more hours of sleep or a few more sips of coffee...
...or another few weeks to feel more ready....
....it happens. It keeps going.
And on Sunday, the 6th Annual running of the Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon happened, and took a few of us along for the ride.
For my friend, Amanda and her training partner, Nolan, it was their first half marathon race. They crossed the finish line and they felt great! I almost started crying when I saw them come around the bend on that last quarter mile, but I couldn't, because I too had run the race and it was quite a warm one, leaving only salt in my tear ducts. So I cheered instead and took some pictures.
So that is the thing. Stuff happens. Life happens. Art happens. Accomplishment happens. Disappointment happens. We go to work. We take time to play. We rest. We study. We learn and grow and change. We fight with others and with ourselves. We laugh and then we learn to laugh again. The thing with the race is, that the date doesn't change. You have your time of preparation and what you do with it is up to you. But when it starts, it starts. And what it looks like and feels like to you, is up to you. And then when it's over it's over. You learn some new things and you take them into the next thing.
Amanda will be starting culinary school in one month. She is my friend who I mentioned in the last Art Nurture Webinar: How to Begin Cultivating a Relationship with Your Creativity. I talked about her love of cooking and her journey of nurturing that part of herself, and now she is going to culinary school next month! She was sharing with me on the train on the way home from the race, how running has taught her quite a lot, many things that she will be taking into her culinary studies. Perseverance, steady preparation, belief in the goal, etc.
You may think I'm trying to turn you into a running artist, but no, that is not my goal. I want neither of us to be held back by fear. Not you, not me, not my friends near and far. I don't want the fear of the unknown or the challenging to hold us back from anything.
Even if your Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to play music publicly one day, then you've got to take those first steps and get an instrument. Maybe you've got an instrument and it is collecting dust. Maybe you need some lessons or some mentorship. Maybe you need to write down "practice" on you calendar for 30 minutes a day instead of something else. Usually, when we look at our time, we realize we are wasting some of it somewhere, if we are really honest with ourselves. I'm the guiltiest of that problem, so I can bring it up!
Maybe waking up at the crack of dawn to go running isn't your thing, no big deal. Maybe it becomes your thing, then cool.
Whatever you have an inkling to do, pursue it, start, begin. Life is happening all around us and we have something special to learn from it and to offer back to others.
Find it and do it and don't stop.
If you would like to attend the next Art Nurture Webinar: Resistance & Roadblocks to Nurturing Your Creativity, please do, its free! Next Monday, March 26th, 7:30-8:30 online and on your phone! Hope you are able to join the discussion!
Wishing you a day filled with forward momentum and inklings of goals and childhood beliefs that they are possible...
3/26/2012 09:38:02 am
Wow! Love this blog. It is like a virtual curb crew.
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