This is "The Pyramid" a mountain just under 1000m which every year people race up and down. It started as a bet between two men in a pub 50 years ago, and has grown into an annual event and festival!
Last year, my husband and I decided to join in the race. Now until 3 months before the actual race, we hadn't even climbed the mountain, but it was something we wanted to do, so we set our minds to it, and completed the race (at the back of the pack, but we did finish!).
It was immensely satisfying, and we're doing it again this year, aiming to beat our time from last year, and this time, a good friend is doing the race too, inspired by our efforts last year. He's writing a blog to chronicle his preparations: Mounting a Challenge
I've told you this little story, to illustrate my thought for the day, which is that :
Our biggest limitation is our own belief.
There's another smaller hill near here, that is a very popular place to run and walk each day. I have been trying recently to run all the way up the steps to the top. I finally succeeded last week, on my birthday by following my daughter's birthday theory (When I'm 5 years old, I'll be able to....)
So last week I said, "Now that I'm 37 years old, I'll be able to run all the way to the top." And I did! I went back today, a week later, and did it again. It seemed much easier this time somehow, just knowing that I could do it!
So it got me thinking about what else I would like to achieve and do, but there's always some excuse, or reason why I've not done it yet. It's time to set my sights a bit higher, and believe in myself some more!
Something that reinforced this today too, was seeing my tomatoes starting to turn red!! I've had little to no success growing tomatoes over the past few years, and this year decided that I was going to make it work! So tried upside-down tomatoes!!
I've also gained inspiration from my 5 year old this week, who moved up a level in her swimming lessons, and found the new class 'really tricky'. We had tears and lots of frustration, but this past week, she faithfully 'trained' every day doing 10 laps of our swimming pool at home to build up her strength. She did this even on the days she was tired and didn't feel like it (She's a very determined little lady!) Anyway, yesterday was her big lesson again, and she swam the whole time, every length, every activity!! She did it all, making me, her instructors, her sister, and most of all herself very proud!!
So, go on:
Reach for the stars! They are closer than you think!!
p.s This post has given me an idea for a button for my blog. I've decided I'd like to have a groovy one, like so many other wonderful blogs do, and I'm in the process of figuring out how to do it. If anyone has any tips, hints or advice on how to make a button, I'm all ears!!
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