Perseverance

 

Another thing my baby boy teaches me every day is how far sheer determination and will can actually get you…

 Just six months ago the only part of his body he could control was his mouth (to eat) and that was more a reflex than anything voluntary on his part. While I write this he is sitting up next to me, reaching out for the toys strewn around him on his playmat, going a little further each time to see just how far he can go without toppling over… Inevitably he does at some point (he is only six months old) but it’s not a biggie – he’ll think about it for a while then wave his arms until I help him sit up again and the whole process starts over. Over and over until of course he no longer topples over, gets bored of staying in one place and then learns to crawl/walk etc… WOW! So when did I stop reaching for the stars?? I remember there were some gym bars at school and the bigger girls did these amazing tricks on them and I was determined to do the same and so I just did! Except that I didn’t “just” do it – it took pain and practise but eventually I did and then when I could I stopped or else I forgot what came after cos it was a lot less satisfying than having a goal to work towards and finally achieving it.. Does that sound mad for a 9 year old girl? Am I just projecting here? Quite possibly 🙂 But I didn’t give up and I made it. Whereas now if I am in yoga class I will go as far as I go and then that’s it – no further. No after class work to get my fingers to touch my toes – I just “accept” that I am not a finger/toe touching kind of person. When did that change about me? And why shouldn’t my fingers touch my toes? I mean it’s possible right? There are plenty of people out there whose fingers can touch their toes, right? It reminds me of something I once read about world records – how as soon as one person beats a world record, everyone else all of a sudden is able to beat it too, like the biggest block was their mind telling them that that particular record couldn’t possibly be broken…

 

I am going to set myself a challenge ladies. Not record breaking stuff (perhaps I should have used another example ahem) but this is going to be the year where I learn to touch my toes… How about you? What is your challenge for this year going to be?