I read a fantastic post over the past week on my friend Julie’s site, “Motivation For Your Life” all about inspiration and who inspires her. I came away from her post deep in thought… Who inspires me? Why do I find those people inspirational?
I’ve never really thought much about where my inspiration comes from, but now that I am thinking about it, if I had to name three inspiring people they would be:
- My friend Julie – Julie and I were neighbours and met each other shortly after we had both ran our first marathons. We had an instant bond because what other neighbour would get up at 7:30 am with you and go out for a quick 20k on a Saturday morning? I am NOT a morning person, and I honestly woke up about 5min before Julie came to call on me to run. With her encouragement and motivation I ran another full marathon, attempted a 3rd marathon, and ran a 30k race. Oh but that’s not all – Julie was a triathlete and was training for Ironman Canada! She gently nudged me towards joining a Masters swim club, buying a tri bike and doing a triathlon. I did a sprint triathlon, greatly enjoyed it, then did an Olympic distance a month later. I was in the best shape of my life!! (Hubby still asks me when I’m going to return to doing triathlons). Julie’s inspiration is still there with me – I’m contemplating returning to triathlon as soon as Amber weans and a 1/2 Ironman Distance Tri is next on my bucket list. I would never have stuck with my running the way that I have if it hadn’t been for her motivating me 9 yrs ago.
- My grandmother, Doris. She was a pioneer in women’s sport (softball and bowling) and has even been inducted into the Ontario 5-Pin Bowling Hall of Fame! She volunteered numerous hours of her time to help others develop their skills in bowling and founded the very first youth bowling league. She believed that children are the future of any sport and I fondly remember spending hours visiting and talking with her about my softball games, cross-country running and bowling. She has inspired me to motivate others in the way she encouraged and believed in me. For now I try to do that through this blog, and in future (when Amber weans) I will return to coaching running clinics.
My dad. Like his mother (my grandma Doris), my dad was always very active. Basketball, and baseball in his youth, and now he still is active in curling and golf. Through the example he’s set I’ve learned that you can be a good parent and still take some time for yourself. I’ve also learned that sport doesn’t end when you reach your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or even your 60’s. You’re as young as you feel!The people who have inspired me the most have done it without really trying to or expecting anything in return – they are who they are – enjoying life and living life the way they want to. There’s a lot that I’ve learned from them.
Who inspires you? Why do you find those people inspirational?