“Promise me you'll always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Pooh ~ A.A. Milne
That thought planted a seed, started something that was both good and bad, exciting and terrifying, and I secretly set out to do it. Or, I would secretly find out I couldn't do it - but that would remain my little secret and, perhaps, my little shame if I failed...
Reflecting on this, I've changed my feelings on all that...and at the same time I haven't.
Then the other day a friend was feeling down in the dumps. Watching the build up to Boston, watching friends train and plan, she said:
"Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued."
I am reaching for new goals, and I may not achieve them, but it would really be a shame, for my life, if I did not try. If I don't succeed I will not be ashamed. In the trying I am doing. In not trying I am doing nothing. That is not the life for me.