With my birthday approaching I’m reflecting back on all that has happened in the last 29 years of my life. The older I get, the more I think birthdays should be less about celebrating the person’s actual birthday and more about celebrating the people who “birthed” them. The never-ending encouragement, love, and support I have received from my parents, my family, my friends, my husband, and the people in my life; for them I am forever grateful for “birthing” me year after year.
I’ve Never Been Told “You Can’t” Therefore I Continue to Try
When I wanted to play the clarinet in the band they didn’t say,
“What if you aren’t good at it?”
When I told them I wanted to train for a marathon, triathlon, travel the world to compete, they never expressed a doubt that it couldn’t be done.
When I told them that Rick and I wanted to open a gym, again there were words of caution, advice, but never words of doubt. They were there to help, to invest, to encourage, and support us. Both my mom and dad wash the towels, go to the gym when the alarm goes off in the middle of the night, fix broken toilets….you name it, they’re on it!
To me, it’s about returning the favor; lending support, words of encouragement, telling people “You CAN” in a world that continually tells them the opposite. Returning the favor to my family, my friends, my clients, my co-workers….
I am so thankful to be surrounded by people encourage, inspire, and motivate me to be a better person and teaching me to believe in myself every day. Therefore, it is my responsibility to do the same.