Life always presents its little ups and downs…okay, some ups and downs are not so little. They’re more like that monster hill you forgot to prepare for when biking. By the time you reach the plateau of that hill your thighs and lungs are screaming and you’re wondering why you ever got on the bike in the first place!
And while some of us tend to view our lives based on the sheer number of “downs” they endure, I’d venture to say a vast majority of us tend to focus on the ups and downplay the downs. In my case, since childhood, I’ve had to learn things on my own – often taking the road less paved, let alone less traveled. The result was often trouble. But what I learned in my years is how to take those troubles and further polish my own ability to do the right thing the next time I was presented a similar situation. Sometimes I learned well from my mistakes. Sometimes I learned but forgot quickly, and then “remembered” after suddenly making a similar mistake a second time. The “a-ha” moments.
What it all boils down to is this: We aren’t really living if we live for perfect moments at all times. We have to take risks, make mistakes, live through the down moments and learn from them, and move on with the best of intentions. Training and participating in something as frivolous as a triathlon makes me ponder this philosophy even more. If performance is all based on the training leading up to the event, triathletes would strictly adhere to their training programs. But life gets in the way and messes up that training with events and work and the miscellaneous things that surround us. So performance day requires both an adequate amount of training, a little luck and lot of adrenaline to carry us through.
So it is in most every day that we wake up in the morning. And that’s why we call it living!
It’s optimism and then some that takes us forward.