So this post may be a bit personal. I typically try to avoid that unless it has a professional slant but, for today, I am going to go with it.
I am an aspiring runner. No- let’s try that again- I am a runner. I have been a runner on- and- off for years.
About ten of them ago, I committed to training to run a ½ marathon. In the spirit of Growth Mindset- I have not yet gotten there. I have made many attempts, even getting within five weeks of completing my training.
There are many reasons why I have not yet gotten there, not the least of which is having two babies at separate times during this period does not make ½ marathon training the highest of priorities.
Fast forward to now, and I have been back in training for a few months, even though I have no idea when ½ marathons will be allowed again.
Due to current circumstances, I am running only in my community, which I have been doing for a few years now. As part of my favorite loop, there is a hill. This hill is not overly steep but it is long and it has been the crutch to my perfect run since I started. I have struggled with this hill, to the point that I have used not running up it to avoid a running work- out. I have allowed this hill to take joy from what is a joyful time for me. I have even told some of my friends that if you see what looks like it might be a person slumped on the sidewalk along this hill that they should assume it is me, and could they please stop and get me home.
But today, I ran, and as part of my run, I ran up this hill. And today, for some unknown reason the hill that I have consistently struggled with, was not intimidating, it was not hard to run, and as I ran I never once felt like I would falter. In fact, when I got to the top of the hill I had to look back over my shoulder to make sure I had really run where I thought I had.
I have no idea why this hill did not pose the challenge to me today that it has every day prior. I likely never will. But I am going to take it. I am going to take it and hold onto this victory with both hands.
And that is what I want for you….that you can find a victory, no matter what it is about, no matter who it is about, no matter its size, and no matter from where it came, and hold on with both hands, until the next one comes along.
Kristin Enriquez has dedicated her life's work to children with learning challenges and helping people work together to realize each student's potential. She is the proud mother of 4 children, one of which has Down syndrome. She is not an experienced blogger, or a professional website creator, but she does "tell it like it is," is a collector of facts, and loves sharing the amazing experiences and knowledge that have found her along the way,