Fresh footprints in the snow
This morning I had a he _ _ of a time getting out of bed to do early morning cardio and strength training. I was pushing my minimum of 6 hours of sleep and had every excuse in the book of why this was not an option.
You know the internal voice that starts in when your alarm goes off and all you want to do is stay tucked under the warm covers. “I have too much work; speeches to give; I am not getting enough sleep; it’s cold outside; no one but me will ever know; I’ll do it tomorrow…”
Well, I dug deep and told myself it was not an option to NOT do it. And so, dress for early morning cardio in Minnesota winter, I did. I bundled. And I am so glad I did!
It was an absolutely gorgeous morning. I started out before sunrise and was the only one on the path. Guided by the warm glow of the street lights, I put one foot in front of the other. It was snowing ever so lightly and everything was covered with a fresh, thin white blanket of snow. Not enough to cause a problem, just enough to be breathtakingly beautiful and make everything feel fresh and new. “Ahhhhhhh, hello morning walking/cardio…how I have missed you.”
I breathed deep and cleared my mind. I let my worries go and smiled as I started out power walking at a pace I am not sure I have yet achieved, certainly not in the snow. “I’ve totally got this!”
Suddenly, without even thinking about it, I was running. I ran intervals for some time. Now I was getting in fasted state cardio first thing in the morning and some sprints, and it felt great. My knees didn’t bother me but I knew I should not run long distances on the pavement against my doctor’s and trainer’s advice. So intervals of run and power walk I did.
As the snow lightly fell, I looked to the sky and grinned from ear to ear. “This is the life. I am so incredibly grateful….for mornings like this… for the ability to walk and run…for everything!”
Then I looked at the path before me and realized: “I am the trailblazer.”
There were no footprints in the snow. I was the first to make tracks in a fresh, clean, white blanket. Indeed, a trailblazer. I can make a crooked path, venture off on a side path, or forge straight ahead without the benefit of knowing what lies around the bend. Cool!
The truth is, I have been blazing new trails in my life for the past two years. I am traveling on new paths and in new ways, and often have no idea why lies ahead. I have pushed past fear and self doubt, and now venture forth with self awareness, self acceptance, confidence and courage. And with loads of excitement and optimism! I am on a path of love. Love of discovery, love of what I will do with my life moving forward, and simple love of the exploration. Indeed, I am a happy trailblazer.
What an awesome feeling. How inspiring to know that anything and everything is possible – every opportunity, every learning, every love – all ahead of me. I don’t know exactly what to expect, and I know full well there will be bumps along the way and I will most likely slip and fall. But just as sure as I know that, I know that I will get right back up, dust myself off and be stronger for it. I will venture out, dare greatly, live and be!
As I came down the home stretch, I thought about my new year thus far (two weeks in and it has been great). I held with me in spirit all of the amazing people that I have had the opportunity to support and coach in their transformation journeys. I imagined their footprints at first behind me following along and then along side mine in the snow. As clear as the painting hanging in my living room, I pictured the clean slate, my footprints forging new ground and theirs behind me, then theirs along side mine, and then sure enough theirs passing me and forging ahead – breaking new ground!
I smiled, laughed out loud actually, and realized that some day very soon these amazing and daring individuals will blaze their own trails and some of them will forge ahead and pass me up. They will go in different directions and others will follow them. Wow. So cool. So empowering.
I am making a difference. And they are inspiring me. Each day as I see them get clear about what they want and why they are doing this, put themselves in the equation, stand in their own power, take big risks, dare greatly in endeavors of love and life, and learn to love themselves and accept who they are. There is NOTHING better than this feeling.
Now tears well up in my eyes as I realize, these incredible people – some who are just starting out and perhaps today struggling to keep up – will one day very soon be inspiring, teaching and coaching others! They will go on to change lives, theirs, mine and so many others. And for now, it is me they are inspiring and filling up and keeping forging new ground.
So this morning, I got to make fresh footprints in the snow.
I started my day with an awesome cardio experience AND a fresh perspective. And I brought with me all of the incredible people that I am coaching who inspire me in their strength, courage and determination. I simply can’t wait to see what new trails are blazed next and by whom. This group knows exactly who they are and I want them to know they inspire me. I believe in them. And I can see the fresh footprints in the snow that indeed are theirs.