I remember standing backstage at a beauty pageant when I was five years old. I was awaiting my turn for an interview in front of a few hundred people. Not truly knowing what it meant to be nervous, my mother says to me, “You’ll do great sweetie. Just be yourself.” Even my five year old self wondered what that meant.
I don’t believe in New Year, New You. I don’t believe in resolutions. I don’t believe that you should re-invent yourself, as if the current you isn’t good enough. I do, however, believe in loving yourself as you are. Right this very moment.
I walk into the gym on a Sunday night. I've been stressed. I need this. Mentally ready to smash this workout, I turn on the appropriate music, Christina Aguilera. Headphones go in and I'm ready to tune out.
I almost didn't write this post in fear of being a part of a cliche. It is entirely non-running related, but is a huge part of my life. This week always makes me take a step back and appreciate all that I have, all that I am, and each and every wonderful person in my life.