Last week on vacation, my two teenage sons, myself and my husband set out to climb Camelback Mountain. I have climbed this mountain many times before- in my younger, fitter days.
Nobody thought I would make it. Although they smiled and said encouraging words, none of them believed I could reach the top. I knew they didn't believe in me. It was OK- I wasn't sure I did either!! I told the boys not to let me hold them back- they should go ahead and just check on me once in a while. I wasn't in a race...I wanted to make it, but on my own terms, in my own time.
There was no way I was going to let myself down and prove them all right...no way. I thought of my Sparkfriends and could hear certain ones giving me a pep talk as I went, and other ones giving me the tough love I needed to stop seeing myself as so old and weak! I thought about the blog I would write when it was all done- It wasn't about my journey, or my destination- it was about MY HAVING BEEN THERE- the feeling- that I would blog about!
Well, to everyone's surprise- I made it...and not all that far behind the boys! It felt GREAT in more ways than you know! I was filled with feelings of strength, power, determination- success!! One other Mom approached the top when I did, and her son said "Wow Mom, you made it"....he was much like my sons who sat in amazement. Her response..."Of course I did!!" I loved that! What a great answer! Her confidence sparkled- and it lifted me right into it! Of course we did it!!
I turned 45 in February, and I promised myself that the next few years until I turn 50, I would focus more on meeting personal challenges and having my own personal accomplishments. For many years, my feeling of accomplishment has come from my kids and my family. It still does- they are very important to me. But I need to strive to have my OWN things I can feel proud of. I picked up three rocks from the very top of the mountain. I will keep them, and a picture, as a reminder of one of my first big accomplishments- seeing the top of that mountain from my own eyes, pulling myself there with my own strength.
One accomplishment down, many, many to go!
My motivational song: "The Climb" Miley Cyrus www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Quote I like:The human body is truly an amazing thing capable of so much, so far beyond what we give ourselves credit for many times. Equally amazing is the power the mind has in influencing our success.( Motivational Tip from Body for Life)