Monday, November 28, 2011

Old Endings and New Beginnings

As 2011 is winding down and my focus is now shifting over to 2012 and the possibilities that may lay ahead, I'm feeling a strange sense of calm amongst all of the chaos stewing around me. This year brought an unfamiliar bravery into my heart which I never knew existed, an untamed spirit that has been waiting for years to be unleashed.

At 27 I feel more like a foolish child then ever. Dreams constantly dance around my head of the unthinkable, leaving me feeling limitless and antsy for one day to end and another to begin. If there is one truly great life lesson that 2011 has brought, it would be that the only boundaries in life which exist are those which one imparts on themselves. Living in blissful ignorance of the difference from that which I am currently capable of and that which I am pursuing makes some think that I am off in candy land living a reality which is unthinkable and unattainable, and to those I say PISH-POSH. What ever happened to that encouraged childlike innocence telling us to dream of becoming president or a successful doctor who travels the world finding the cure to cancers? TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE! Does the art of believing in something powerful and magical wash away once one hits adulthood where we all succumb to what we feel is our only fate and settle for a life that is predicably ordinary? Does one only stay within their realms of comfort never daring to color outside the lines?


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Of course you do, if you want a life filled with conventional dullness and feel content never challenging yourself to outdo your societial predetermined potential. While some may call my dreams a hopeful wasteland, I call them opportunities and blessings. Daring for a moment to swim upstream with hopes of achieving something uniquely different from what society has predestined me to achieve is what gets me out of bed everyday. These days I'm holding on for the glimmer of hope for the impossible. I see no sense in settling for the stability of a dead end business career in exchange for a paycheck that comes on someone elses terms and strips me of my individualism. Instead I chose to brave my soul to any who will listen and find value in that which I am passionately barking about on a daily basis, health and it's unseen freedoms.

Now what? What happens in 2012, and where is this all going? I wish I had the answer to that, but as of right now I don't. Here we are 33 days out from the new year where I should feel stress and pressure to keep pressing forward with a concret plan for the direction my life is going, but that's not how I opperate. Instead I fuel my dreams knowing that there is no intention to connect the dots going forward, rather the point is to look back and connect the dots from there.


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There are plenty of personal goals I have, some PR's I'm ready to chase down, and an entire professional career that I am more then ready to devote my everything to in 2012. But there is no plan, and I'm thinking that next year I'm going to do things differently and not hold myself to a series of schedules and must-do's. I'm thinking that 2012 will be the year that marks new beginnings for me and my pursuits will be only those which speak to my heart purely.

2012 this is my manifesto to you..
to inspire others to live out their dreams.

13 comments:

  1. Great post! Good luck as you continue to chase your dreams into the new year! :)

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  2. This is so passionate, I can hear you preaching it! Do Life, girl! I cannot wait to read about your adventures and misadventures as you blaze a trail to your dreams.

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  3. I love this post - can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for you...

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  4. love that last line about not holding yourself to a list or schedules - i'm bad about that. :) some people start life out living in a dream, floating and chasing things that seem ungrounded. then they grow up and get serious. others start out feeling the pressure to follow the "right" path and make the "right" decisions - then finally when they grow up enough, they gain the confidence to chase their dreams and create their own path. i'm finally starting to realize that we have to decide what the right path is for ourself - not follow the cookie cutter one. maybe that means we'll be wise enough to do it smartly b/c i waited a little longer? :)

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  5. This is so great Brit! I loved reading it and I love child like wonder. You can do it! Good luck chasing your dreams and you already inspire me.

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  6. I'm SO with you! I have come to the exact same point. I've decided on 2-3 races I want to do next year. This year I did like 15. It is so nice to not have an enormous to-do list so I can just enjoy what running gives me and slow down a little to enjoy the journey.

    Thanks for an awesome post!

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  7. Only 33 days until 2012? Oh goodness...that has me stressed. :)

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  8. I so needed this today, especially the first picture. Good luck in 2012!

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  9. Love this post! You have a way with words (and actions) that is very inspiring. :)

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  10. Beautiful post today Britt! I tend to create schedules and plans in my head - some of that is good to hold me accountable, but I can think ever BIGGER!!!

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  11. Great post! I cannot wait to see what you bring to 2012!

    I really needed to read this today. Things have been tough for me at work, and I realized a lot of my issue is how I perceive myself. I think if I work on that things will feel a bit easier :)

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  12. This is extremely well written! I am determined to not settle for less than what I know I am capable of in this life. Thank you for the reminder! I hope 2012 brings you all the spontaneity you hope for :)

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  13. Beautiful post Britt!

    You already inspire me.

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