As I have continued with my hiking, I’m loving the changes that I feel in my body. I make the gains in elevation so much easier, and the muscles in my legs feel so strong. I’d really missed being able to appreciate my body for all it could do.
Before I started to dance, I viewed my body simply as brain transport. It was very much how I view cars, simply as a means of getting me from point A to point B and nothing more. I remember at one point I even made a deal with my body that so long as it would get me around, I wouldn’t ask anything overly precise of it. Boy, how things changed.
I’m still quite proud of myself for jumping into an activity that was so foreign to my way of thinking. Because I had made that leap and had changed that fundamental belief I held about myself, taking the plunge into archery where it is all about precision was done without thinking about it. (My very first archery bow is due to arrive any day now! Thank you, DH2U!)
Last month Steve over at Do Something Cool had a post, “Your Physical and Mental Limits are an Illusion.” Since I read this right after I’d taken a too difficult for me hike, it really got me thinking about how I’ve never really tested myself mentally the way I have physically.
Growing up, I was always in the honors classes, so I knew that others thought I was smart. I was terrified of having them find out that I really wasn’t as smart as they thought, so I never really pushed myself. It was a distorted version of “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt” (which is accredited to both Abraham Lincoln and Confucius), where I was simply riding the prevailing beliefs. I didn’t realize at the time that the teachers were probably basing their assumptions on facts that I couldn’t see.
Grad school (the second time – my first go will be subject of a future blog post) was the first time I was ever in school for the knowledge and not the grade. What a difference attitude makes! I studied what interested me and not what was “safe”. I wanted to learn. My brain felt big and curly. Yet I never felt like I pushed past a barrier where I mentally thought I couldn’t go. Then again, the quantity was more than I thought I could do in the time allowed, but I made it through. How? I’m still not sure.
When was the last time you took your brain or body out for a test drive to see what it could do? or Have you ever met an unreasonable deadline and afterwards wondered how you did it?