Things Would Never Be the Same Again by Beth Barany
When I was about 36 years (15 years ago now), I was so frustrated with day dreaming about running and never doing it (several years of falling asleep with the vision of me running, but I hated running…) that in the middle of the night I got up to surf the internet for resources and stumbled upon local triathlon training for women.
Within a few months, I started the training and discovered a new me — someone who pushed herself further than I ever thought I could.
I also discovered that I no longer had tolerance for an abusive boss and for work that didn’t truly fulfill me.
I came to the shocking realization that I needed to go into business for myself — something I’d never considered nor was well-equipped for.
I didn’t care. I knew I had to jump off the deep end and take a risk — just like I was learning to do so physically.
The first time (and so far only time) I swam in the freezing San Francisco Bay in a wet suit to train for our races.
At Chrissy Park with my fellow triathletes and trainers, I waded in the frigid bay. I was angry, cold, exhilarated, and I knew my limits.
I was NOT sticking my head under the water, no matter what my fellow racers and coaches were urging me to do.
I took responsibility for my dream and signed up for the training, knowing I needed a group to help me switch my life into one that was more active.
I am in charge
I learned that I am in charge of my physical wellness — a lesson I knew as a teen, but had forgotten.
I also learned that I have my limits and need to respect them — a lesson I’m constantly re-learning, like every day! LOL
I’ve applied the lesson about needing daily movement by embracing how much movement is important to my well-being, my creativity, and my joy.
I so believe in the quote by Einstein, “The legs are the wheels of creativity.”
I walk almost every day of the week and love movement and advocate it for my writers.
I also write active heroines who relish movement too.
What was a situation in your life where you knew things would never be the same again?
Then ask yourself these 3 questions.
- How did I create this for myself? (This forces you to take personal responsibility.)
- What can I learn from this?
- How will I apply that moving forward?
Share your answers with me, if you like.
Share your story with your readers.
Have a happy and creative week! Happy writing, editing, creating!
About Beth Barany
Novelist and certified creativity coach for writers, Beth Barany runs Barany School of Fiction, a full suite of courses designed to help fiction writers experience clarity and get writing, so they can revise and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. A Master NLP Practitioner, and she’s also the author of books for writers, including Plan Your Novel Like A Pro, co-written with her husband, thriller writer Ezra Barany.
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