elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Passions and Priorities

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A common thread I have been reading recently in triathlon blogs is about wanting to train but circumstances are getting in the way. It is frustrating when something that is a passion is out of reach often due to situations out of our control. One person travels quite a bit for work and is determined to complete an Olympic distance triathlon prior to turning fifty. His story is great to read and can be found at Chasing Fifty. Another woman has set the goal of completing a full Ironman distance triathlon in 2013. She is not a career athlete and has an inspiring story that can be read at Sweat Alchemy. Yesterday she wrote about how busy her day was that she did not have the time to get in the workouts she had planned. The irony here is both bloggers wrote on Chaos. Life brings that sometimes.

Today I did not get in either of the workouts I had planned and I had plenty of time to do so. My body however wanted to rest, I slept for 10 hours last night and thought that would help. The thrill that went through me was enormous when I received at text at 5:12 AM this morning as I was trying to wake up – my training partner was also feeling out of it and was sleeping in. I was sorry she felt similar to the way I did, but I was so happy to jump back in bed. The ten hours of total sleep did help but I was sluggish all day. Enough to leave work early and take a nap. Nothing hurts, this is similar to how I felt right before the half marathon I ran in May. I want to do well in my race on Sunday and if resting today is what it takes, I will do it. As much as I don’t like missing a workout.

Thinking about the the other bloggers and my situation today, I realized we all have passion for triathlon. That is the most important part of reaching our own personal goals. Without passion and commitment, no matter what we say is a priority actually is one. “Actions express priorities.” – Mahatma Gandhi spoke those words. How true. Our actions show where our priorities are. Sometimes things we have to do – work, family responsibilities, health – interfere with what we want to do. Adjustments are made, but when we get back to priorities – our passions – doing them is not a laborious effort. It is a feeling of accomplishment. I have been told by friends that they admire my dedication to my training. I appreciate their compliments, but it is so easy for me to have this dedication, it is what I love to do. That is the heart of seizing the day – follow my passions and love doing it.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

2 thoughts on “Passions and Priorities

  1. How absolutely beautifully written – “sometimes things we HAVE to do… interfere with things we WANT to do”… it’s so easy to forget that taking care of ourselves, our health, and keeping our own passions and joys alive and vibrant IS one of the things we HAVE to do… when did self-care become a secondary/optional item on our to-do lists? In many ways, what you have written here helps me a lot… thank you.

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