I was a completely average sportswoman when I was a kid – I was the participator. My brother got all the sporting talent. It’s a bit of a long-standing joke in the family about my ball skills actually: I think I got hit on the head a few times with various different sporting objects – a cricket ball, frisbee, maybe even a football. To be fair though I was under 10 and playing with the boys in the family!
But, that’s the thing, you don’t have to have been the sporting hero at school, or for that matter even been interested in sports at all to do a fitness challenge or participate in sports as an adult. I don’t do my fitness challenges to be the best, and let’s be honest, I’m not going to be! I do them just for me. The satisfaction of setting a goal and slowly but surely working towards it. The simple pleasures of sweating and working hard and being outdoors. The pride in watching myself get fitter, get better; of enjoying the by-products of my endeavours (weight-loss, muscle definition); and conquering the little obstacles along the way. And I like surprising myself : )
I love the movie ‘Marley & Me’ (the one with Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and the dog!). When Owen Wilson’s character is at a job interview his prospective boss asks him why he should employ him and he answers: ‘I have the tendency to surprise myself’. Sometimes in life we get stuck in what we are now, our limitations, and putting ourselves into a box. In fact, maybe we lose a little faith in our own ability to do something, to change. But why not push ourselves a little: go on, surprise yourself!
‘Go confidently in the directions of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined’ (Henry David Thoreau).