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This was me at obstacle 19 of 22 during the Spartan Palm
Beaches Sprint. In picture 1, I am looking up at the vertical cargo net
thinking to myself, “no way in hell am I climbing this”. The first rung was too
high for my tired legs to reach, I was just plain tired, and the net just
looked too high to climb. The obstacle before this was the multi-rig, which I
bypassed because I knew my lack of upper body strength would not get me thought
it. I knew still to come were the monkey bars and the rope climb. Which I had already
planned on bypassing, also due to my lack of upper body strength. I was ready
to bypass this one too, but not wanting to bypass 4 obstacles in a row, I
decided to “try” it.
Picture 2 finds me on that first (too high) rung. I made it, but as you can see from my arms, I was
holding on “for dear life”. In that moment, I was once again thinking “no way”,
I tried it, let me just jump down and bypass it. The young lady you see above
me, was part of my team. The whole time she was climbing down, she was
encouraging me, telling me “you can do it”. I was still ready to just get down
and bypass, however, not pictured on the sidelines is my daughter (who took the pictures), she too is
telling me “mom, you can do this”. I honestly didn’t believe it from either of
them, but I took the next step up despite my fear. I got to about the 4th
rung up, the fear of the height, and the feeling that I was losing my grip (I was
literally hugging that net with every step), was getting the best of me and
once again I was going to go back down and bypass. Then I realized, the prospect
was just as scary at that point to get down from there, as it was to continue
up and over. My “cheerleaders” were still there, somehow, I mustered up the
strength to continue up. At the top I thought “just don’t look down”, I got one
leg over, reaching down until my foot felt secure on a rung, before bringing
the other leg over. Still hugging the net and rigging at every point with my arms,
I made it down the other side. All the while being guided by my daughter and my
team members. I did it, I made it over, I got through the obstacle. It felt great!
I felt accomplished, but most of all I felt grateful for those who encouraged
me and had faith that I could do it.
On my way home, while chatting with my hubby, I reflected on
that photo and that moment. I must be honest, it nearly brought me to tears.
Not that moment per say, but what it meant to me after it was over. I realized
how often in life we are faced with obstacles that appear just too difficult to
overcome. Our instincts are often to avoid the obstacle, get around it, bypass
it. Or maybe we try to overcome it and think twice about it once we start. Other
times we do our best to face an obstacle, and however difficult, get to a point
where it is just as hard to backtrack and give up, as it is to press forward. Many
times, in these instances we have “cheerleaders” those encouraging us to keep
going; those who in the moment, have more faith in us than we have in ourselves.
Sometimes we must allow their faith in us to get us through those obstacles,
until we get to a point where we can believe it ourselves that we can do it.
As a woman of faith, I know that this is exactly what God
calls us to do every day. We must step out in faith, even when we have no
confidence in ourselves and our own abilities; He calls us for a greater
purpose. We need to ensure that we surround ourselves with people of faith;
faith in God, faith in themselves and faith in us. Allow God to speak to us through
those who we surround ourselves with, so that we can hear those words of
encouragement. The first step is often the hardest, but with Him all things are
possible (Matthew 19:26)!
”I can do all this
through him who gives me strength”; Philippians 4:13
All Team Ohana members crossed the finish line! "Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind..." Nobody was left behind and all of us did the majority of the obstacles; no upper body strength = no monkey bars or rope climb for me. With the help of the team I did many more obstacles than I thought I could. WE did this together. And I have to say an extra special thank you to @brianaf88 for coming out to cheer me on! #PinkatHeartFit #TeamAaptiv #betterthanyesterday #GoTeam #goneforarun #girlsthatrun #Ohana #beasts
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