As a runner success is often defined by a number.
The number may be large – as in the amount of miles ran on that specific day.
The number may be small – as in how fast can you finish a set distance.
The problem with numbers is that they only tell one part of the story and are often not a good indicator of actual success.
So then what is success if it is not a number?
Is success a fast marathon? Is success the number of marathons I finish? Or the amount of mileage I run in a week?
Is success the number of friends you have? Or how much you are admired?
Is it how much money you make? Or how good of a job you have? Is it the size of your house or how many cars you own?
If you are successful in athletics are you successful in life?
As an avid over-thinker I’ve often pondered what it will takes to achieve success or for others to look at me as someone successful.
As a number lover I can recite most of mine in the blink of an eye.
31. My age
3:11. My marathon PR
3. Number of children
3. Number of siblings
13. My unlucky, lucky number
10. Years running marathons
24. Marathons completed
11. My birthday
and while yes all of these numbers in some way or another contribute to who I am, they do not specifically define success in my eyes.
It has taken me 31 years, which depending on your number seems like a large number or a small number, to figure out that success in life is being comfortable in your own skin and with who you are. It’s waking up and being happy. It choosing to focus on what you GET to do every day NOT what you can’t do. It’s being passionate about the difference you make no matter how big or small.
The athletes that have been impacted by Challenged Athletes Foundation choose to focus on what they CAN do and what they GET to do.
Success, in my eyes, is defined not by a number but by a feeling. If I feel successful – I am successful.
If I feel beautiful – then I am beautiful.
If I feel strong – then I am strong.
If I feel happy – then I am happy.
If I feel like a runner – then I am a runner.
For the month of September I have the priveledge of wearing a beautiful Lagos bracelet from their new Enso Collection. When my time wearing the piece comes to an end it will be donated to The Challenged Athletes Foundation.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life. [source CAF website]
Drawing its name from the Japanese word for circle, Enso symbolizes the expressive moment of Zen when the mind is free to let the body create. The infinite, unbroken circle of Enso embodies enduring strength and everlasting focus. LAGOS’ new Enso collection is a symbol of strength and modern elegance.
My personal style is wearing things that make me happy. I like wearing physical reminders that encourage me on my life journey. The circle represented in the Lagos Enso collection makes me feel strong, beautiful and happy. It reminds me that there is more to success than just a number, that success in my eyes is being a part of the collective circle of life.
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*I was not paid for this post. At the end of September the Lagos Enso Collection silver and diamond bracelet featured in my pictures will be donated by Lagos to the Challenged Atheltes Foundation. For more information on Lagos and the Challenged Athletes Foundation you can visit their websites – www.lagos.com and www.challengedathletes.org