Have you ever noticed conversation is just better over coffee with a good friend? I had the opportunity recently to have coffee and conversation with one who is special to me and when we get together, well, our conversations last hours. We both have a passion for people and helping them be successful in fitness, health and wellness. We compare notes and brainstorm ideas off of each other.
It’s a refreshing time to encourage one another in the callings we have.
At one point she told me how I was an encouragement to her. She knew I had been off running due to an injury and she also knew I had picked up other activities to keep me moving.
She was admiring the fact I hadn’t just quit since I couldn’t run.
Honestly, at this point, I’m so used to some high level of activity it seems crazy to me to not have something to fall back on. Not to mention, I’d totally go crazy not doing anything. I’m used to having that physical movement in my life now.. it’s not only a habit, it’s an outlet, and a place that is just for me to go to.
And well… I don’t quit.
My friend had been dealing with an injury herself and was encouraged to try and find other outlets or activities she could pursue while she recovered.
I was thinking about our conversation later that day. Thinking how if I had become discouraged about not running and just did nothing, all I would’ve missed out on.
Before my injury, running was what I primarily did. Oh, I did structure in a few days strength training and I’d toss in an occasional day here and there on my little mountain bike to take the place of an easy run and to give my legs a break from running.
Running was my love. My passion. A place that made me feel strong and powerful.
I eventually started adding a little more cycling in to my routine, but again, nothing serious.
My injury made it a seamless move to more time on the bike. It gave me the mileage, time out on the road, and being outdoors that I craved. It filled that hunger in me.
Last year I “upgraded” to a cheap road bike from Walmart. I proceeded to ride the wheels off of it. It was during this time I realized how much I was really enjoying this other sport, and not just as a supplement to my running. I realized with the strength I had built running that I had the potential to be good at cycling.
Somehow the obstacles I had encountered actually brought about new opportunities for me.
Opportunities to experience new things, grow, and challenge myself to try things I hadn’t done before.
There’s a lot to learn about cycling! Therefore, I talk to those who are knowledgeable, I read, and most importantly, I’m just out there on my bike doing it.
I can hardly wait to find a race to challenge myself with.
Was my injury something I wanted? No. I can hardly wait to be out on the road really running again like I want to be.
Allowing myself to move in new directions has allowed me to grow more as an athlete, but also it lets me see that I can do anything I set my mind to.
But then I’ve kinda always approached obstacles in this way. I don’t let them stop me from where I’m going. I just look for ways to get around them to keep heading the direction I want to go.
Obstacles are limiting and I don’t want to be limited. Obstacles are simply new opportunities.
What about you? How do you view obstacles that come to you? Do you find ways to get over them to keep pressing on to your goals?