I want to be an expert in something...ANYTHING. So this led me to realize something...
I have never put enough effort into something to be the best. Sure, some people have raw talent and with the same amount of training as me will always just be better, but to be an expert in something, even if you are the best piano player or the most talented gymnasts, you need to put the time and effort into "it".
I also started to realize that I like not being the best.
Okay, let me rephrase my statement up above. It's not that I like being mediocre, but if you already are #1, where can you go from there?
Yoga has put this concept in to perspective. In the past two and half years I have started practicing yoga on a regular basis. With more time and effort (practice), my practice substantially got better. So I started taking more advanced classes. There was always someone who could hold a handstand longer, stretch farther and/or was stronger. This frustrated me because I felt like I was not getting better. But when I bust out a handstand or some twisty move such as astavakrasana, non-yogis are impressed
This also lead me to realize that when it comes to running, although I will never be able to do a 1h 30min half marathon, I can complete a half marathon, which is more than a lot of people can say.
I guess I should never say never, because I said I would NEVER run a half marathon, let alone a marathon and 22 half marathons and 1 marathon later...
|my mom and I finishing the Portland marathon|
|Etta, me and Rebecca with our finishers T-shirt and medals from the Portland Marathon|
|Running buddies: Maggie, Sue, Kristen, Nichole and Victoria (Bloomsday)|
|Super Jock and Jill Half Marathon 2008|
|Lindsey, Rebecca, Etta and I after completing the 2009 Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon|
|Etta and I after completing the 2011 Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon|
|Chrissy, Nichole, Sue (marathon) and I after completing the 2008 Nike Women's Half Marathon|
|Etta, Shelly (1st half marathon), and I completing the Nike Women's Half Marathon 2010|
The point is, I am not the fastest runner or the most flexible yogi, but I always have fun and there is always room to improve and something to look forward to. So I will keep being mediocre, but in the back of my mind, I will know that I am always impressing some and in return, someone will always be there to impress me (because how else will I have something to strive to, if I don't see my goal)