Thoughts from the clouds...
Everyone has a WHY. Whether this reasoning is conscious or subconscious varies person to person.
As a bit of a preface, I don’t consider myself a "religious" person, but I do consider myself spiritual. Despite my highly scientific background with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, I know there are many phenomenons that cannot and probably will not be explained-agnostic, if you want a label. That being said, I am a firm believer in everything that happens, happens for a reason. Everything matters. Everything is a learning experience. This mindset however, challenges the elegant balance between taking the more challenging path because it may lead to the more rewarding outcome. Or, after facing many impossible obstacles, accepting when life is telling you that the path you are on is simply the wrong path. Basically, deciding when to tackle obstacles head on, or just walk around them.
When I graduated I was faced with 2 main paths: Do what everyone else seemed to be doing and expected me to do, find a job that was using my BME degree, probably make pretty good money, and work 9-5 Mon-Fri for the rest of the foreseeable future. Contrarily, risk everything--pursue what was in my heart and train full time with the goal of becoming the fittest on earth. I obviously decided the latter. This path seemed more difficult on paper, especially through the eyes of those who did not share the fire burning inside me. But again, life has a way of balancing, and things just started falling into place. I use the word falling loosely because these opportunities did not just happen, they were the product of a lot of hard work and dedication. I graduated from The University of Miami, I was drafted into the NPGL, I qualified for my first CrossFit Regionals (team) and I wasn’t being held down by any other responsibilities. Suddenly this path that seemed very difficult at first was becoming so fluid, seamless, and in a way, easy. It just felt right. I have spent the last two years, traveling, coaching, exercising, competing, and most importantly, learning and growing in ways I never imagined.
The why has recently been on my mind. Of course there are some perks that go along with the path I chose like sponsors, instagram popularity, getting to travel and meet lots of interesting new people to share ideas about spreading motivation to help people live healthier lives. But you don’t have to train as hard as the best in the world do every single day to get those things. And honestly none of those things are really worth the amount of sacrifice that goes along with it. I love training and pushing my body to the absolute maximum but it was pretty difficult to identify what my real motivation was. I began to think that my true why had to do with the process of becoming a CF Games athlete. I knew that that felt close but there was something else missing. And now, sitting on a plane, it all suddenly has become so clear.
My why is the same why I have had, subconsciously, my whole life. It's the same why I had when I was the 5 sport varsity letter, Valedictorian of my high school. The same why I had when I moved 2,000 miles away to be on one of the top allstar cheerleading programs in the world,the same why I had when I chose arguably one of the most rigorous bachelor degrees without really knowing what exactly I would achieve with this degree.
I LIKE to prove people wrong.
I LOVE to do things that most view unattainable or impossible.
I LIVE to attain a high level of discipline to face challenges head on, and achieve aggressive goals.
I want to inspire sedentary people to get up and get moving for the first time.
But I also want to achieve the unimaginable and inspire others to do the same.