6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Post It truths

I found the photo above when I was putting together the slideshow for my Dad's Celebration of Life. It is sooo true!! If everything were perfect life would be boring.. The good stories/memories are those where things were far from perfect.. RELAX and find ways to be HAPPY! We spend so much time aiming for PERFECT, but what is perfect really?

As I think more about this it really changes my perspective. PERFECT=The American dream, 2.5 kids, a BIG house, fancy cars, and lavish vacations. Hmmmm....I had a PERFECT childhood. We travelled around the county in a Motorhome that often broke down. We played in piles of dirt searching for treasure. We ate off brand foods and wore clothes from the clearance rack. To you this may not be PERFECT, but looking back it really really was. We were HAPPY.
  • Hmmmm Running Blog Tall Mom, how does this apply?
There is a training plan, a race, a goal that you have for your Running. It would be PERFECT if all went as planned, you hit that PR, you got faster, stronger...etc.. What does it mean to be a PERFECT Runner? The answer is NOT To win the NYC Marathon or having 3% body fat...those people are superhuman or possibly Alien ;) And you know what, we don't have to be PERFECT.

We will miss training days because our kids are sick, life got in the way, our legs are sore, our mind is tired or we just need a DAY OFF! We will run in the rain, the mud, the snow, the dark, the fog.. We will have stomach issues, low blood sugar and want to quit. We will fall short, have tough days and feel defeated. Our shoes will get worn down, t-shirts will reek like sweat and favorite socks lost or ruined with holes. We get blisters, black toe nails, and chaffing. BUT... we keep going, we lace up, we make it work, we find our own version of PERFECT though all the imperfections.

You chose what to focus on day to day. You decide to let the little imperfections ruin your mood. You can be HAPPY through the journey, look back and realize that the ride was pretty darn "FANTASTIC."
  • Tonight is Diva Night at Fleet Feet!! That means I have know Zoe for 1 year, Happy Friendiversary Zoe! It will be nice to relax and enjoy the company of friend old and NEW.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY BLOGGIES!

24 comments:

Amanda@runninghood said...

Yes! This reminds me of another blog I read yesterday by another runner and how she made the choice to not let all the things that went wrong that morning ruin her day. It really does come down to how we Choose to see our world. I love the snapshots you give of your childhood here...I hope my kids grow up to see their life as perfectly wonderful!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Love this Mel. It's all about perspective. Perfection is what you make it. People get caught up in the wrong things. If you are happy, none of the other stuff really matters. Hugs!

Emily said...

Beautiful post Mel!

I think my imperfection in running AND life is what makes me splendidly happy. I never think about this but it's true and I love that you wrote about it!

(I'll be back out in January-will have to find time to see you, Zoe and the new little Goober!)

Rachel said...

ahhh we just had diva night at our store (i work at the Sacramento FF)! have fun!

Marlene said...

Oh my goodness, I REMEMBER that Diva Night when you met Zoe. Crazy!!

I love that RnR Seattle will always be our Anniversary. :D We will need to have a reunion for sure.

Great post on "perfect" - a good reminder!!

Christine said...

What a great post! And you are so right, we don't have to be perfect in order to be happy. I tend to forgot about that, especially at work and then I get very stressed out. Thanks for a reminder! Today I will be happy :)

Terri said...

A wonderful and timely message - thank you!

wojoku said...

I agree completely with your perspective on 'perfect.' I actually came across my own type of mantra with that word/thought/idea a few years ago:

"I am only perfect when I accept my imperfections."

If you notice, you can split the word "imperfect" into "I'm Perfect." As a semi-perfectionist, that's been quite handy! This is also going to eventually become my first tattoo - [im]perfect.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

perfect is in the perception

Kayla said...

This is a great post, Mel! Thank you. :)

kimert said...

Excellent post! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day! :)

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

This was my tweet this morning: "Greet this day w/ love in ur heart. Be the master of ur emotions. Choose to be happy!"

happiness is truly a choice. Each morning I CHOOSE to be happy and not sweat the small stuff. It's not easy though for we are only human. =)

Colleen said...

Thanks for sharing this Mel... we can all use the reminder!

teacherwoman said...

Great post, thanks for sharing!

Irene said...

Thank you and *hugs!*

Robin said...

Your introspection is beautiful these days...

*hugs* from Orlando

Lisa said...

I love this quote and the picture fits it perfectly. I am going to keep this close! Thanks for sharing!

Dawn said...

Thanks for that quote. I need to post in everywhere!!!!!!!

Karyn said...

Thanks I needed a little prespective today!

H Love said...

great post...gotta love the power of choices. Once we all realize that the mom next to us is just the same...the pressure comes off. Thanks!

Julie said...

Oh...what a GREAT post! Such the opposite of my ugly attitude yesterday, but at the end of the day I was able to sit down and laugh about my ugliness.
I really do try to turn it all around with humor during the day...sometimes it takes me a while to "look beyond the imperfections" but I almost always get there!

GREAT post!

Wifey said...

GREAT post! I've been catching up and have found such inspiration from all your recent posts. So proud of you and sending lots of hugs and prayers your way!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Zaneta said...

Love it!! Thanks for sharing! :)

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

My heart is smiling. =) I needed this reminder and I think many others did too!