I think the problem with all of us is that we always find ourselves comparing ourselves to others. It is natural thing to do. However, we need to realize that we are all different. Our talents are all different.
Should I not sign up for that race because I know I will be one of the last people crossing the finish line? Or should I run the race because I am healthy and able.
I will NEVER run a 6 minute mile. Should that stop me from running?
Or should I run because I am healthy and able.
Last year I asked Heather Abbott, Boston Marathon survivor, a question. She lost one of her legs during the explosions. I asked her what you would say to help motivate climbers for the Fight for Air Climb race to run up 22 floors.
This is what wrote me:
“About 4 weeks ago I was staying at a hotel for the night. The fire alarm went off around midnight while I was asleep. I had to put my leg on, quickly, and get down 21 flights of stairs. I was so slow. If the building were really on fire, I never would have made it out. It won't always be like that for me. I'm going to work hard to be quicker on stairs. But I would tell them to run up those stairs like the building is on fire and appreciate the legs they have to use. Never take them for granted and be thankful that they are healthy and able!”
I know that speed is not a talent that I possess. I might be faster than I was last year or might not. It is not a goal for me anymore. I want to enjoy my runs and the scenery a little more and just stop putting on that pressure of trying to climb up that hill faster each day. My fear is that if I keep comparing myself to the person next to me, I will never realize how great I am in my own way.
My imperfections are what make me ME.
Of course, I will try and do better.
BUT for those days that I don’t do better than I did before, it will be fine.
Because I didn’t take my legs for granted and I am thankful that I am healthy and able!