I will never, ever forget this day. The first image you see is taken in Vancouver, British Columbia at a Supernatural Convention around 9:30am. Which the way, is my absolute favorite TV show.
The second image you see is taken in Penticton, British Columbia just after the final person crossed the Ironman Canada Triathlon Finish line shortly after midnight.
Looking back now, I realize that this was the weekend, that I truly embraced by spirit of tenacity.
Become a productive, happy and healthy woman
The woman in the picture looks confident and happy; in truth, she was burnt out emotionally after dealing with what it seemed like insurmountable health issues.
These two pictures, remind me that change isn’t easy but I did it. Bit by bit, with baby steps, I went from an unhealthy place to being healthy, happy and active.
There were times in my life when I couldn’t get out of bed… maybe you understand the kind of strain from physical fatigue and mental exhaustion that I am talking about – the “I just don’t care that I don’t care” or “I am too tired to care” feeling… I’ll get into this topic in a different blog post.
OK … so back to the day these pictures were taken…. yes, ok… well let’s back up one week … Earlier in the year, I had purchased tickets for the convention on the this weekend …and then I found out that Ironman was taking place the same day, and I had made the decision to go and sign up to do the 2012 Ironman Triathlon,and it had to be done in person … so I felt like I had to choose … either the convention or the triathlon … but on August 27th, I made the decision that I could do both … be in Vancouver in the morning for my photoshoot with Jared Padalecki and then scoot down to Penticton on the Greyhound in time for the final finishers to cross the line.. so i could be there in person, the next day to sign up for IMC 2012.
Where do I go?
I was in this do I or don’t I obsessive thinking pattern,….. if I do, then I’m letting down my friends in Penticton, if I don’t, I may never get to see Jared again … i I do, will I get there on time? where do I go? where will I sleep? … If I don’t, how will I sign up for IMC, how will I …. and the how will I do’s and don’t kept going and going ..
and then I finally felt this surge of power come up and said “STOP”… you can do both… I was like what??? really???
I had no idea where I was going from the convention center to the bus depot … but i found my way … and then I found my way from the penticton bus depot to the finish line by 11:45 pm ..experiencing the last 15 minutes of unconditional love and support of the crowd for the triathletes who are finishing close to 17 hours of straight activity..Unbelieveable I am really here! Must be, the picture of the girl with the backpack is me… 🙂
The next day I woke up early and went to sign up for IMC … now there is a piece to this adventure that I haven’t shared with you yet, how the heck did I get to this point .. WANTING TO DO A FULL IRONMAN ….. REALLY? …. how did this happen??? The rest of the story will follow soon….
Until then… live tenaciously!
Carrie-Ann Baron, CFT & IET
Empowerment Coach I Business Mentor I Trainer I Facilitator Healer I Mental Health Peer Support Recovery Specialist and Owner of Tenacious Living Network
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