During my workout today I had this random but oh-so-beautiful epiphany. It was totally left-field but I'm thankful nonetheless. I'm even sitting here right now typing this out in my sweaty gym clothes just because it hit me too hard to pass up this moment of being able to share it with you. Read it below and feel free to tell me what you think.
Today I realized that I have grown out of the immensely competitive nature that I once had in my youth. I guess I used to not be able to imagine this happening because all I really wanted back then was to be better than everyone else. Then today it hit me. I don't want you to tell me to that I can't do something in order for me to have the desire to eagerly accomplish something. I don't want to prove something or to 'out do' someone else. I guess after a lot of rough patches in life and staring failure in the face a few times that I gave up needing a challenge to be great and realized deep down that I needed inspiration to be great. Don't tell me that I can't do something, tell me that I can. Don't point to other people doing something and tell me that I can't do that. No, point to them doing something and tell me that because they are doing it so can I. I'm not trying to compete with you. I'm trying to be great in my own way. So don't challenge me, inspire me. Tell me that I can. Show me that I can. Passion motivated by beauty like this goes so much further in the long run than competition does. So no more pinning me against my neighbor, my friend, even my opponent. Instead, pull me in and inspire me with beauty, with courage, with hope. Inspire me.