Getting to the Finish Line

Do you ever wake up and wish you were someone else? OR wonder what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes? This is when you need to stop and look around you and think how am I doing?
This week was the beginning of a local running program. I don't run to compete, I run to have fun. Some people like to compete, they will run and run and get better and better. It is their thing. This is good if it makes you feel good about yourself. It is only bad when you get so upset that you get angry with yourself for not being the best. Being your best self is not a competition it is a work in progress.
I made a decision last week to clear my schedule. I like doing lots of things but the things were taking up my ME time. Sometimes having nothing to do is a good way to start with finding out what you really want to do. Being busy just to be busy is not a good thing. Being busy and loving everything is also not always good. It can be too much of a good thing. So how do you balance as as kid all the things you like and all the things you have to do and still get over the finish line?
The answer is simple, but not easy. With practice,patience, and determination your finish line is closer than you think! Pick the things that are most important to you first.
When you focus on the areas of your life that make you happy, then you can grow with these things. If you like to skateboard and it gives you that excited feeling when the wind in blowing by, that is your natural high, this is a good thing. A natural high is a feeling that comes from doing something positive that makes you feel good inside. It could be running or gardening or anything that is positive for you.
So how about my run this week? Well the run nearly wiped me out. My legs hurt, my lungs hurt, my hands were cold. It was not a "fun" run. What was fun was that my friends were there and the build up to the event was all about goofing off, cheering on other age groups, and running around to stay warm while we waited our turn. I made it across the finish line after my friends. One even dropped back and waited for me at one point and we ran together for a bit. It was the experience for me, not the competition. It was about how I got across the finish line, not about placing. If you like to compete I say "Go For It." If you are competing to better yourself, have fun while doing it because a good laugh, a new challenge, and a lesson learned are the building blocks to being your best self. It will make crossing your finish line so much sweeter.

---Ava