Saturday, November 15, 2008

Excuses give you nothing but more excuses

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

**Thomas Edison**

Doubt and fear of failure, isn't that the biggest obstacle we all face? Learning to ignore the doubts and fears is probably the biggest single factor in becoming a runner. "I'll look like an idiot running, it is too hard for me, I wouldn't ever win a race, I might get hurt, I might get attacked, I can't run another mile, I could never run for an hour, 2 hours, 3 hours...." Learning to turn that voice around and make it nag you in the opposite direction is the key, "No one cares what I look like running, It will get easier, winning isn't the point, I can protect myself in many ways, I can run one more mile, I can run for an hour, 2 hours, 3 hours..." My friend Jeri, who started running in her late 40's after over 2 decades of battling RA, keeps this quote on her web page, "She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses" We are all capable of SO much, we just have to stop limiting ourselves by listening to the negative voices in our heads, and the naysayers in our lives.

I've been tagged!
7 random facts about me:

- I'm a 4th generation Californian.

- My favorite food is coffee, but I can only drink one cup a day.

- I was a Navy Corpsman for 8 years.

- My husband and I were engaged after 2 1/2 weeks of dating, (I turned him down for dates for 2 months because I knew if I went out with him, I'd marry him. March 19th will be our 20th anniversary, and I'd do it all over again.)

- I was a Boy Scout for 4 years.

- I've crossed the Catalina Channel from Long Beach to Catalina Island in a 12 foot inflatable Zodiac, and lived to tell about it.

- I met my best and dearest friend walking to kindergarten, 34 years ago.
...."Any homie who is interested, consider yourselves tagged."


Sarah said...

Hey! I loved reading your facts. :) I also love coffee...although I use so much cream and sugar that my husband tells people that I "take a little coffee with my cream and sugar" :)

Tanya said...

You were a boy scout?? Interesting! Great post, btw, especially in regards to facing our fears.

WendyBird said...

Yep, Boy Scouts had sail boats :-)