I had an amazing trail run Saturday. The serenity, focus, and balance that such activities create is truly wonderful. After a week of listening to all of the negative chatter and weak efforts from those trying to knock me down, nothing gets me back to the present like a run in the woods.
During activities such as running I'm able to block out the intimidation, the fear, the doubt, and all negativity. I feel empowered running through mud, between trees, and over rivers. I feel empowered swimming in the open water or hour after hour in the pool. I feel empowered on my long bike rides, alone with no direction and free to turn wherever I want. I feel empowered pushing my body further than those who say that I'm too young, not smart enough, I'm out-numbered, I'm just a girl. I feel empowered testing my mental limits and stepping outside of my comfort zone.
When the poor unfortunate souls challenge me, oppose me, or hurt me, I feel empowered because I know that they will not get to me. I know that I am strong and I know that I can do anything.
Each time I reach that point where I start to feel the fear creeping in, the self-doubt itching to take over, and I notice how far away from my comfort zone I've traveled, I'm reminded that I am doing the right thing, I'm on the right path, and I'm living my life to its fullest - Me
Today, Sunday, I swam to raise money for a wonderful organization, Girls with Sole. I was surronded by amazing people, donated $300 and swam 130 laps. It felt amazing to get back in the water.
I know that as long as I Believe, Love, Understand, and Empower my fire is fueled and I will succeed and I will be happy.