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.
Have you been on my list for years and never spoken to me? Well, you can, if you’d like. Learn about how to set up a chat with me here: http://writersfunzone.com/blog/talk-to-a-writing-coach ♥
Writer’s Fun Zone has an Instagram channel now! A fun way to get the word out to a broader audience. Check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/writersfunzoneblog
If you’d like to be a guest writer for Writer’s Fun Zone, check out our writer’s guidelines here: http://writersfunzone.com/blog/guest-columnists-welcome