Let’s face it: there is a LOT of negativity surrounding us in life. From the news to work stress, getting stuck in traffic to long lines, and people having negative things to say in person, behind your back and on social media. I admit that I have a hard time not complaining and staying positive sometimes.
Every time I run an OCR, and ESPECIALLY when I run SPARTANS, I restore my faith in humanity. When you’re out on the course everything else disappears. It’s you, your fellow Spartans and that next obstacle between you and the finish line. I love when people care more about pumping up the people they’re passing or the ones that are having a hard time getting over that wall than they care about their time. It warms my heart to see people give me a boost or grabbing that guy or girl who is sliding back down the slip wall. I ran my first Sprint in March 2014 and it took me over 4 hours to do 4 miles. I sprained my ankle 3 weeks prior and was overweight and extremely out of shape. I’m still nowhere close to my goals, but I finished this Tampa Special Operations Sprint that was just over 4 miles in 2 hours. This was a huge accomplishment for me and even though I still have so far to go i’m on the right path.
I remembered this weekend that the OCR community and those focused on bettering themselves and their bodies are so much more positive! When you’re so focused on positivity and lifting up others (in the verbal and literal sense) then you have no time to judge anyone. I’m sure not everyone in the community is positive 100% of the time and neither am I but the effect on me has been nothing but positive.
After the race ended on Saturday and I returned to the social media world I noticed even more how negative the world can be. If you’re trying to eat healthier or work on improving your life there will be people telling you there is something else you’re doing wrong. Why not lift someone up for the positive improvements they’re trying to make instead of telling them what they’re not doing correctly? I understand that I have had my fair share of negative posts, but this is something that I am working on as well. I think we need a little less judgment in this world and a lot more love. I also think this is important for those of us who are followers of Christ. Yes, there is a time and a place for judgment in love, but is that all the world should see of us? I have been judged for how emotional/happy I am in my life and my marriage (sappiness), I’ve been judged for my tattoos, for the sports that I follow and for past mistakes that I’ve made. If I lived by what others have said to and about me I would be a truly miserable person, but I am learning that the only two that matter are God and my husband.
I personally am going to work on loving others, praying for others and lifting up others. One of the great things about our beloved USA is that we are able to express ourselves and our opinions freely, but I think we shouldn’t tear others down for believing differently. I only have one life to live and I am pretty blessed to be given this one. I’m fairly healthy, have an amazing husband whom I don’t deserve, a body that provides me the ability to be active in sports like OCR, and many adventures still to come! Let’s all choose to focus on our blessings instead of what others do that doesn’t agree with us. 🙂