One word can cause a lot of stress…change. For some people, change means moving out of your comfort zone, heading towards uncharted waters of life. It can bring about stress, uncomfortable feelings and uneasiness. Change is not always big. Sometimes it’s small and you barely notice that there is the movement that’s happening. It takes you from one point to another. This is the type of change that when you look back realize that it happened but it didn’t cause those feeling of uneasiness. That’s the kind of change I like to celebrate. It’s the small changes that add up to become big changes.
I found this on my Timehop this week. It was from six years ago when I had just started training for my first half marathon. I had only been back into running for 6 months and I was just finding my legs again. We were doing one of our first track workouts and it brought back to so many memories of my track days in junior high school. The part that I notice the most from my Timehop is the excitement I felt of hitting a timed mile under 9 minutes. What jumps out to me too is that with the day to day running, I’ve lost sight of the changes that have happened since my first training session. It’s not about the fact that I now can run faster and in some races, I’ve hit under 8 minute mile paces, it’s about the movement from where I started to where I am now. It’s about the change that has happened, not the numbers.
When I started running, I had just come off of a bad place. I was not happy with where I was. I had to do something big. I quit smoking in 2008, decided that I need to take control of my life and not just sit by and live it passively. I could only move forward, move past the past, and try to do small things to lead me to a big change. And that’s what I did. I started running. It gave me the small thing that would lead me to big changes.
Now 6 years later, here I am. I see what has happened; I lived it. I have been along through the process but didn’t stop until now to see the big change. The big change is that I’m healthier, happier, secure in myself and who I am and will continue to become. I’ve learned through trial and error to trust myself and my instincts. I’ve become more reflective, more selective, and more intuitive. Some of that has come with age, of course, but some of it has come from finding me. Running has given me the outlet to find me.
My goal now is to look for those small changes and see how they are helping to move me toward bigger changes. I need to continue to find ways to build towards them. It’s when we look at those small changes that help to lead us in the direction of bigger changes. I’m excited of the prospect of what is to come!
What are some small changes that have led you to bigger changes?
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