How to Accomplish Impossible Things (again)
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Do you ever have those
years days when you feel overwhelmed by life and what the heck you are supposed to be doing with it?! I’ve been having one of those, particularly as I move into less of my time spent helping with my husband’s speaking career and more into my own endeavors, particularly with the new wifestyle. It’s overwhelming. I’m in a constant state of feeling out of place and uncomfortable.
To attempt to combat going insane and yelling at the birds because of their stupid chirping and lack of ideas…I decided to go for a run.
If my 9th grade gym teacher is reading-she is probably thinking ‘Ya riiiiiight Turner. You cried through your entire 13.5 minute mile while I yelled at you.’ Well guess what Ms. Cook-I just went for a voluntary run so HA!
I was very passionately against running for my entire life thanks to asthma and the fact that I found it utterly terrible- until 2 years ago. My friend Alison runs marathons (baller status that I will most likely never feel the need to do) and she challenged me to run a 5k (3.1 miles) with her.
Fine, but I’m going to cry the whole time and need a whole box of donuts afterwards. She said that was okay.
Guess what…I did it. I truly never in my whole entire life thought I would ever run more than 1, crying, terrible, miserable mile and now I run a few 5ks a week sans tears (usually).
As I was running, I started processing how I never thought this would be possible. That my body and mind weren’t capable but here I am with my cool sweatband and inhaler doing it.
I went back home and made a list of all the things that once felt impossible that I did. I call it “The List of Things I’ve Done that Once Felt Impossible.” Where I get these catchy titles evades me.
If you’re wondering why the paper looks water-damaged on the right side (the bottom looks like papyrus) , it’s because my husband spilled AN ENTIRE GLASS OF WATER ALL OVER MY DESK a few weeks ago. It’s not like I’m still upset about it or anything.
My list consists of things like moving across the country, getting my master’s degree and starting a business with my husband. It also contains things like flying to a foreign country, driving in NYC and swimming lessons. Regardless of whether you feel like those are big or small accomplishments, they all felt impossible to me and yet I did them.
I ended filling 3 pages and keep this list on my desk to remind myself of all of things I once didn’t think I would be capable of but here I am…running. Believing we are capable is the first step towards dream chasing.
The M&Ms are a small reward that help get the pen moving. I would not recommend eating one for every thing you’ve accomplished (as I started out doing) because you will feel sick and then run out of M&Ms because I would bet your list is longer than you anticipate. I hope you also took note of where I got my cute jar from (hint-a local date in France).
This is a very tangible reminder that we have already done a ton of things that we didn’t think possible and a great confidence boost to remember we are capable of so much more.
Happy Monday and know that you are capable of more than you sometimes believe.
1) Feel like sharing one of those accomplishments?
2) Do you like running?
3) What’s your reward candy of choice?