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Toughest Man Contest Made me a Tougher Woman

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I never thought that today I would get my inspiration from The Toughest Man in the World contest, hosted on ESPN.  Watching Brian Shaw from the USA take on the toughest competitors in the world has actually turned my day around.  When I hopped on the elliptical in my home gym and turned on the tube ESPN was on.  (Which means my husband beat me down to our gym this morning.)  Me, however, have been very under the weather, with a horrible head cold, and it’s not exactly how I planned to start off this new year.  Frankly, I’ve been a bitch, and very impatient with my kids the last day and a half.  This all added to the fact that I’ve been in my house, with them, for eight straight days, only leaving xmas night for a few short hours and New Years Eve for dinner.  Do I need a break?  Hell yes.

But back to Brian Shaw.  As I started my cardio warm-up against doctor’s orders (I weighed the fact that the doc said if I get my body temp up, my virus will stay around longer vs. me losing my insanity if I didn’t burn some calories, I decided I’d rather pass out from exertion than go another day without breaking a sweat) I watched Brian carry 275 pounds in each hand for a long-enough distance, then turn around and flip a massive tire weighting over 900 pounds seven times.  Which put him in the lead.  As I stared at his massiveness, it hit me.  This man who only weighs 300 pounds, at 6’2” is moving these incredible large items, and I’d say most of that has to be chalked up to intention, and belief.  Yes, he is strong, of course, but that’s not what is really doing the work here.  All participant’s in the contest have a very strong desire that they can and will lift the heaviest things on the planet.  They were even pulling a 22-ton Mac truck.  Now think about it.  Have you ever had the desire to do so?  Probably not.  But they have, and with 100% dedication, intention, and desire they are all doing it.

Somehow ESPN has put me into a much better state of mind, which is a complete miracle in and of itself.  Sick or not, I’m sick of myself having this irritable attitude and will focus my intentions on building my new website and planning out my goals for 2011.   Yes, we all have our bad days, and none of us are perfect.  But in the end, what we think about we bring about.  The more miserable I let myself feel, the more miserable I am.   Sore throat or not.  With my intentions set to having a productive day, my desire not to be a bitch, and my belief that something still magical can happen even after the holidays are over, I’m sure things will start to turn around right now.  So here’s to a bright and sunny rest of the day! And thanks for letting me get this off my chest.

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Aspire or Expire

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Seriously, what is my problem?  I can not sit still.  I have Larry Dolly syndrome (my dad).    Maybe I’m starting to feel time ticking.  I can’t stand the thought of growing older ungracefully, or not having done the things I’ve always wanted to do.  I definitely don’t want to die with any regrets.

It was weird, today on Facebook, via my iphone, I kept seeing posts to a guy named Matt, who had passed away.  He was someone that I was “friends” with, but I didn’t know him from Adam.  It was so bizarre!  Everyone was still posting on his wall after they found out he had died.  There were posts like R.I.P. Matt, we will miss you Matt, your mother will miss you, etc.  It was heart wrenching and I wanted to type something, but I didn’t.  I was so bothered by the whole thing, but just felt better about not typing anything at all.  He looked liked he was in his 40’s maybe, and it sounded unexpected.  For some reason it really struck me hard.  I just sat in my car and digested it all for a few minutes after coming across the posts.

I know I’m healthy, but honestly I could get hit by a truck and killed tomorrow.  That’s morbid, but we all know it’s true.  At what point do you just go all balls out and do that thing that’s been scratching at you, or when do you decide to just let it go.  I’m definitely not old enough yet to let anything go physically, but I will be one day.  Tick.  Tock.

Reading things like that just motivate me even more to keep on keepin’ on, and to take things head on.  Whether they be mental, physical, or emotional, or a totally new venture, or something I didn’t do so great the first time around.

What is that one thing that you’ve always wanted to do?  The thing that’s eating away at you?  The thing that makes you feel alive but you haven’t taken the time to explore?  I’ve heard so many people say they wish they would have written a book, taken private dance lessons, played piano, studied this or that in school, traveled more, learned a second language, etc. etc. etc.  It’s somewhat offends my inner Pisces.  “Hey, you’re still alive,” I wanna yell.  But I don’t.  Unless your eighty and using a walker, you’ve got no excuses.  At least that’s how I feel.  We only live once.  And it’s your life, to design and create as you wish.  Don’t let others’ ideas of what your life should be like influence whether or not you go after what it is you want.  Believe in yourself, whether your task be big or small.  Are you going to aspire?  Or will you expire?

I’d love to hear your story if you have gone after the thing that you most wanted, after society’s expiration date.  What makes you tick?