Letting my girls know they can do anything
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I was not a jock in HS. I played field hockey 2 years. I cheered basketball in HS too. But I was not one of the girls that went from Soccer to Basketball to softball. Always training for the next season.
As an adult I have found that I have inner strength to try things that I would never have tried. My Dad died 10 years ago in August. 2 years later I walked the 3 day breast cancer walk. 60 miles in 3 days. I dedicated this walk to everyone that I loved that had died from cancer. Every time I drive to Boston I think, " I walked this". It is a feeling of accomplishment that I can not even begin to express. I remember the feeling of seeing John, Amy, and the boys as I walked into the Boston Common with the group of walkers. The feeling of seeing my husband and girls cheering me on. As I walked on bloody blistered feet. It took weeks for those to heal. But I did it. I wanted my girls to see that you could do anything that you put your mind to!
So here I am signing up for a triathlon. I know I will finish it. I know that Amy and I can do amazing things when we team up together. I know that this will be another milestone that I reach in my 40's, just as the 60 mile walk was in my 30's....
I just keep replaying in my mind how many years I did not go to the water park because that would mean i would have to wear a suit and have people stare at me. Or how my weight would hold me back from trying things. NO MORE.
I will swim, bike and ride! I will keep sparking and get the emotional support I need and give some too along the way. I will continue to show my girls that there is no mountain too high or race too long that determination can't get you through.
I am thinking ahead to what will be the next challenge, Mount Washington? I have a while to think about it.