The Sarah M. Hood -
- 1 word of the thing you've "overcome" - Low Expectations
- Your "turning point" (if you've had one!): I know what you’re thinking. How hard is it to overcome low expectations? Isn’t that the whole point of setting low expectations? Under-promise and over-deliver, right?
In my case, these expectations were mine. Of my health and wellness. And abilities. I spent a lifetime thinking things like, “I’m not an athlete” and saying things like, “I don’t run.” And I’m not exaggerating. I wasn’t an “I don’t run but I DO play softball and golf and dabble in volleyball” kinda girl. I didn’t do any of it. I had resigned myself to these expectations.
I didn’t consider myself a thrill-seeker or a particularly outgoing, grab-life-by-the-horns kinda gal. But in 2007, things started happening that shook me up a little. My brother Tom — the grab-life-by-the-horns kinda person I was not – was killed in action in Iraq, which rocked me and my family to the core. And I became a Mama, which has changed me in ways I can’t even put into words. This intersection of life and death really put me in motion. And I remember having these swirling, overwhelming thoughts about how precious and fleeting and uncertain life is — and how important it is to really LIVE. I owed it to Tom to try harder, to push further, and to try some things beyond my initial expectations of myself.
I ran a mile.
I ran A MILE and I remember feeling like I slayed a giant. I ran a mile, then I ran another one. And then another. And before long I’d strung enough miles together that I was training for and running marathons. WHAT. “I’m not an athlete.” “I don’t run.” Remember? But I found strength and inspiration in my brother’s NEVER QUIT attitude, and I realized that running a mile — was possible. Running a marathon - was possible. You just have to start. And never quit.
- 5 word life mantra - No day but today.
- Quote you live by (and maybe who said it...yes, your grandma counts!) -It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.– Lester Burnham, American Beauty
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