[soul food] How to Be Awesome

This past week I ran across some good Internet inspiration. It always happens at the right time--just when I'm starting to lose momentum in whatever I'm doing, something comes along and swiftly kicks me in the rear to keep going. I think by now most people have seen Kid President's pep talk for the world. For some reason, words like that have a lot more impact coming from a kid. I think it's just refreshing to learn to see the world that way again. His pep talk inspires me in lots of different pursuits. This week it was a more personal one: running. I have never been a great runner, but I want to be better. One thing I have learned is that you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others. Running--and training myself to be a better runner--is one way that I find self-confidence, and when I have that I feel like I can better care for other people. Last week I set a goal for myself to run 10 miles every week, and Eric set a goal to run 5, and we've already run together a few times. Just through my running I was able to help Eric get outside and exercise more, and that's been good for both of us. It's just step 1, but I feel more awesome already, which means I have something to share. This brings me to my other dose of Internet inspiration for the week: "Do It Anyway" by Ben Folds Five (feat. Fraggle Rock). I always love how raw Ben Folds's lyrics are. No sugar coating here about the difficulty of pushing yourself through fear and self-doubt, but a good reminder that these hurdles are part of being human. Last week when I decided to run 10 miles each week, I started my running with 4 miles on Wednesday. I didn't get to run on Thursday or Friday, which meant I had 6 miles to run on Saturday. And I did. I went 6 miles in one run for the first time in my life. I know what you're thinking: "Good job, Maria. Pat yourself on the back..." Seriously, though, I'm not a good runner, and that run was huge for me. I wasn't sure I could make it 6 miles. But I ran it anyway.

And if you're paralyzed by a voice in your head It's the standing still that should be scaring you instead -BF5-

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