We all have supporters. Sure, we all motivate ourselves to do whatever it is we do: running, triathlons, writing, lawyering… you get the picture. But if you stop and really think about it, you also have a big support network to get you through, right?
That time you realised that your goal was bigger than you thought it was
And you flipped out and they were there to pick up the pieces.
When I was in year 12, this was my mum. I wanted a certain score, I wanted to get into a certain uni, and studying for my final exams, I would just break inside. There was no way I could get from here to law school.
Mum was the one who let me cry, made sure I had pain killers and support when I had stomach problems, and reminded me that I was fine.
Who’s that person who reminds you that it’s only week 8 of your training plan? That you will be able to run 40km? That you will be able to run the whole 5k? That walking is totally ok?
That time it was all too much and you just sat down and gave up
And then that person was there, giving you a hug, or reminding you why you started. Maybe they just sat with you for awhile, or maybe they talked it out with you over days, or in some cases, weeks.
A couple of years ago, I stopped. Everything. I didn’t study, I didn’t go out. I just stopped. Man did I need my supporters then. Mr The Rake was responsible for kicking me out of bed in the morning to make sure I at least got up. Friends I didn’t realise were such good friends convinced me to go out with them.
Who’s been there when you’ve been unable to continue. When you got to mile 15 and went ‘nope, that’s it’?
That time someone told you you couldn’t do it, and you believed them
Maybe it was a doctor, a nasty commenter or a well-meaning friend. They are doubtful that you will be able to meet your goal. And something in you wants to agree with them.
Who’s the supporter who reminds you that they’re wrong, that they don’t know you, that it’s ok to get a second opinion?
Last week I got an email from Dad:
Don’t worry about the running, just keep the fitness up. I know it can be frustrating
Sometimes, that external validation makes all the difference.
That time you got psyched out
Last night, a friend told me he was running doubles, just for fitness. I can’t run on consecutive days, let alone twice in one day!
So here’s to our supporters!
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