I like that saying and it takes me back to when I was in junior high and high school. I did not always feel the best about myself, but there was always a special motivation that came from my physical education teachers and coaches. They made me feel accomplished, encouraged, and inspired me to do more and be more. It was at that young age that I wanted to be like them, to be able to offer to young people that feeling of inner strength, confidence and overall happiness. Presto...my goal in life was to be a P.E. teacher. Of course I could not climb into their bodies and become them but imagining being them was pretty awesome in my younger years. In my twists and turns of life, I am doing my passion on a broader spectrum than in a high school gym setting and I feel great about that.
The thing about life, mentors, and motivators is to understand the concept of guides, and yes to have goals. The goals belong to each of us however, and admiring someone for blessing our lives in a positive way is absolutely fabulous, and even being inspired to work in a field of enjoyment, well life does not get any better. The point I am getting to in this blog write is the importance of accepting the gift from a guide BUT having the ability to strive for our own goals and to achieve our own dreams. I am a guide and motivator for many people and I appreciate and am touched by all the wonderful feedback I receive on a daily basis. Now, I am going to get deeper here with you on this subject. I am a guide NOT a goal, and I am speaking more about the physical appearance of Darla and what that may mean to you, how it affects you, what it makes you think about, how it motivates or not, etc.
In my early competitive days, I admired Mia Finnegan and man did I want a body like hers. I followed all the nutrition plans and extreme workouts to make that happen...but I was not her. Why was I not good enough at that time? It probably did not help to be scrutinized and judged on a stage by people I did not know, who were ready with pen in hand to tear apart the body that I worked so hard to put together. It was at that time that I realized the politics that can and do exist in competition, but putting that aside, feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence can break a person in such circumstances. My point again...I would never be Mia Finnegan and what a letdown, but also a light bulb moment of time to love ME for ME. So, I do understand when guides get skewed out of position and even placed on a pedestal, but you know what, we are all just people. I am no more special than you are, and doing what I do is a passion that I want to provide as a gift of motivation for you.
If you have noticed, I am cautious and conservative about posting self-images. When I do post "selfies", I want them to be meaningful, motivational, and touch a chord of inner strength within YOU that says...I CAN DO THIS. With all the society pressure of wanting to look like or be someone we are not, it is even more important for guides such as me to be clear in communication of how unhealthy that is. The purpose is to PLEASE ADAPT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, not to cause feelings of insecurity and discouragement. I know this is a "you can't please everyone" world and even what I am writing may come across as offensive to one and motivating to another. I am here to motivate and celebrate living a healthy life with you and that is what I will clearly communicate.
IN YOUR FACE MOTIVATION
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