Do you remember that scene in the movie 127 hours, where he’s going over all of the events in his life? Not calling his mom, going out on dangerous adventurous weekends alone, girlfriends etc. In the movie he comes to this moment of clarity and understanding that all of the things he has done in the past, has brought him to this moment. That he is the one who has brought himself to this very spot.
Now my arm isn’t jammed between a giant boulder and the earth, but I too am having this same moment of that everything I’ve done in the past has led me to where I am at now.
This relation is almost entirely in relation to my physical practice of late. Tonight during Crossfit we did lateral shuffles. How many times have I done this movement during my years of volleyball. It’s like I was transported back to junior high, high school, club teams and University vball practice. Man, I’ve been here before. I remember, my body remembers.
Swimming laps in the Sherbrooke pool in Winnipeg preparing for small triathlons, painfully uncomfortable training during the Tae Kwon Do days, puking after the last 1/2 marathon I ran. All of those painful days along with the triumphant ones, has brought me to this point where I am mentally, physically and emotionally ready to take part in these extracurricular activities I have signed up for, and that are possibly the most challenging I have ever taken part in.
All of those training sessions, events, road trips, wins and losses were all lessons. They are all here for me now when I need to access them while exploring new limits with Crossfit and with triathlon. Both paths are so exciting to me. So challenging and uncomfortable.
That uncomfortable place is the place in which we grow.
What is challenging you and making you uncomfortable lately?