My triathlon experience taught me many things last year, but the biggest lesson remains this: Persistence, dedication and hard work can take you anywhere. You just have to have the courage and will to keep going, no matter what perceived obstacles litter your path. The body may be limited in its physicality, but the spirit’s strength is infinite. Discipline is channeling that strength, and perseverance is believing in its power.
Thirty years from now, it won’t matter what they thought of you. It won’t matter what things you owned and accumulated, what worries you kept in your pocket.
What will matter are the lessons you learned and how you lived those lessons through.
What will matter are the lives you strived to make better, whether four-legged or two.
What will matter are the relationships you nurtured, and the time you spent trying something new.
What will matter are the fears you conquered and the calling in your heart that you heeded, because that calling makes you you.
What will matter is the knowledge you sought and the wisdom you shared with those younger than you.
Every day, rise with grace, gratitude, and purpose, breathe…
and remember the things that truly matter.