Thursday, July 5, 2012

Do what you love

I hope everybody had a Happy Fourth of July. We packed up and took everyone to Lava Hot Springs for the day and had tons of fun. Fire conditions are terrible in Wyoming right now so there is a ban on fireworks. Since we could not light off our own fireworks, we planned to be somewhere with a good show, and Lava had a big fireworks display that was set off right next to where we spent the day.

Family, water, tons of food, and fireworks - it doesn't get much more fun than that. :)

Here is a pic of Noah and I in the pool (Noah LOVED it).

 I got up early yesterday and did an easy paced 12 miler, and this morning I ran eight miles with a friend. The ITB/knee is not 100% yet but is still improving. Coach Rick is having me be conservative though and keep the paces on the easy side until it is completely resolved. I have 16 miles planned for tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it!

Here is a thought I have been having - DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Life is too short not to.  Be with people you love (and that love you in return). Find ways to make a difference in the lives of others. Take time to count and be grateful for your blessings, even when (especially when) life is busy or stressful. And find something that you love to do for yourself, and do it.

As we were watching the Olympic Trials, it was so inspiring to watch the athletes - the runners, jumpers, throwers, divers, swimmers, gymnasts, etc. - do what they love. The passion, commitment, desire, drive, and love that the Olympic hopeful athletes have for their sports shone brightly in their moments of success and of disappointment. It was exciting, inspiring, and contagious.

Running brings a part of me alive that sat dormant for a long, long time. I love how I feel before a run, during a run and after a run. Even when a run is hard (and running is often hard!), even when a run or race isn't going how I want, even when I am dragging my butt out of bed at 4am, even when life is stressful, even when I doubt myself, even when it is crazy hot or freezing cold or pouring rain, I still love it.  I am putting the work in, I am chasing my dreams, I am doing something that I love. Running is "my thing". It's part of who I am.  It's something I know I was born to do. More specifically, I love the marathon. I love the challenge, the unpredictability, the lore, the training - all of it!

I want all of my kids to find their "thing". With 12 kids, we have a big mix of talents and interests. We have kids who are athletic, kids who are musical, kids who are artistic, etc. Whether they grow up to be soccer players or singers, I just want each of my kids to pursue their talents, and find what makes them come alive in that special way. I want them to find something that they love... something that challenges them, drives them, excites them, and lights a fire in them. I want them to find something that makes them feel the way that running makes me feel - something that makes them the best version of themselves.

Find what you love to do, and do it. Challenge yourself. Stretch yourself. Better yourself. Bless yourself. It does not matter what you do or do not achieve - the true success and happiness come with the doing.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman


"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." - Oprah Winfrey


"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela

16 comments:

Julia said...

i am so glad i pulled up a few blogs to read before dinner! i can always count on you to reignite my inspiration and motivation! i was feeling blah about waking up at 4am, etc etc etc. but this made me remember all the things i LOVE about a LR. the post-run feeling, enjoying the outdoors, and reaching limits i never thought possible. i love feeling strong and confident. definitely going to focus on these things going into my run tomorrow:)

On the Right Track said...

Erin...I only have 3 children, not 12...but find myself repeating and preaching over and over to them the very same thing.."find your passion...the fire in your belly... and go with it. do
something with it...no matter what it is!!!" God gave us all some type of talent, but at times in this life it is so, so hard for our children...even us to figure out what we are good at!

What a great post...thank you for sharing, and I hope it touched others as it did me!

Jill said...

Your fires in Wyoming were causing havoc on us in Denver yesterday; visibility was horrible and there was a health advisory warning out. My eyes were watering like crazy. Today it was a lot better. No fireworks at all in our area, not even the big ones. Sad, but better safe than sorry.

You are always thinking about the happiness in everything - exactly what I love most about you! It's hard sometimes to always be so positive when things aren't going so well, but now that my life is quickly approaching 50, I try to be so grateful for every day I am here to do the things that I love. Every day I wake up is a good day! :)

HUGS!!

Annet said...

DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Life is too short not to. Be with people you love (and that love you in return). Find ways to make a difference in the lives of others. Take time to count and be grateful for your blessings, even when (especially when) life is busy or stressful. And find something that you love to do for yourself, and do it.
I LOVE this - especially about the counting your blessings, even when life is busy. And yes, running is hard and yes I wonder why I try sometimes, but you are right, it will be sooooo worth it when I cross another finish line!

Annet said...

I meant to quote your quote, not just paste it. Sorry :) I actually read more things in it the second time I read it, I will definitely be coming back to this post!

fancy nancy said...

I can always count on you Erin to kick me out of a funk and remind me why I run!! I love it!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

i love this erin! thank you as always for such inspiration and great reminders. xoxoxo

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

You can always make me feel so happy. Thanks for a lovely post!

Kristen Lawrence said...

Hoping the ITband cooperates for you soon! Good luck on the 16 miler!

Beth @ Miles and Trials said...

Well said. We try to encourage our kids (all 2 of them!) to discover the gifts and talents that God gave them. Whatever that may be, there they will find that "sweet spot". My sweet spot the past couple of years is running and I'm so glad to have found it!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

Erin, love the post. I also like the part when it says be with people you love AND LOVE YOU IN RETURN...I've been dealing with some stuff revolving around this...and it hit home. Isn't it funny how your posts can effect people positively...:) good stuff..
oh and huge tube Noah is in..he's loving it! Cute

Ginger said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Something I've been lacking the lasts few weeks as pregnancy growing pains have made me less active than usual. I can always see a decline in my mood and motivation when my focus on fitness gets interrupted!

Jen@runfortheboys said...

Needed this on lots of different levels, my friend! You are such a blessing to me and so many. Thank you!

Adrienne said...

Do what you love. Something I remind myself of everyday. Even if it is just in a small capacity. Starting small is how we get there anyhow.

coach dion said...

HI there

I was going to tell you to try this and that for your ITB, but I'm sure you have spoken to all the right people and you are doing all the right things, so we know it will come right... The only thing I will say is I hope you are using a foam roller!

coach dion said...

What I love, running... I took a week of work to look after my wife (trying to blog about it) and ended up runing my biggest weekly milage in over 9 years...