Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tri for Triumph: Reason to Race #6

Reason to Race #6: To Conquer "Crazy".

That's me! ^^
If you had told me 10 years ago I would have been racing in events like this or climbing mountains (or
at least attempting to!), I would have thought "that's crazy"! I'm racing now because it is crazy...but also attainable. Today, it doesn't seem crazy or out of reach at all, but other things do, like climbing a really big mountain like Mt. Everest or racing in an Iron Man. If I keep challenging my notion of crazy, maybe one day, those won't either.

My point is, many times in life, we think, "no way, I could never do that; it's crazy". And kids think that too...about their abilities, friends, college, all kinds of challenges. As educators, we all know that the biggest obstacle to a student's success is seeing the challenges as insurmountable. We have to help them see the larger, crazy achievements as composites of smaller victories along the way. The important thing is to a) embrace the challenge even if it does sound crazy and b) to just start. Starting with one foot in front of the other is the best way to conquer crazy! I'd love to model this for my students, so that's why I'm racing.

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