At the beginning of the year, I took a challenge of 'pick a word for the year that you want to be your theme,' and I picked overcome. It has definitely been a theme for me, and I have overcome quite a few fears, challenges, attitudes that held me back. I still have things to overcome, which has become very obvious the past few days, such as anxiety over unknowns or what if's, but I have overcome a lot in the past few months that used to hold me back.
Here are three examples of things I have overcome this past year. There are many more, but these are the big ones:
I started to work out, something I hadn't done at this level in years! I had walked, done some hiking and bike riding, but I am actually going to the gym 3-4 days a week. The walking and hiking we do have become much easier and much more enjoyable.
There have been some past hurts that I have overcome, and by doing that, I have been more open to letting new people in my life, made new friends, and torn down walls around my heart. I have become more outgoing, speak up more, and have been blessed with some wonderful new friendships because I overcame the past hurts and scars others left on my heart.
On my birthday, I went across a narrow, swinging bride that ascends from rock to rock over the Kootenai River in Montana. Fear had kept me from taking more than two steps on this bridge before. I don't like heights, although that fear is going away, but heights over moving water, on a narrow, moving bridge was not my idea of fun. I climbed the steps, determined to overcome this fear, took the first few steps, which are high up, but I was over rocks, not water. I took a few more steps, slowly, clinging to the cable as tight as possible, and fear swept over me. My husband and niece were part way across, cheering me on and waiting for me. I froze for a bit, and just stood there. I looked up at my niece, who is 8, and did not want her to think it's ok to quit something because of fear, so I took a few more steps. At this point, one of the three boards under my feet moved, escalating my fear, but kept me moving forward! When I got about half way across, the fear left, and I enjoyed each step of the journey across that bridge. It was beautiful. I felt very accomplished when I hit the stairs on the other side. I felt free from the fear that had held me back so many other times before. The trip back across was now easy. I had overcome by putting fear behind me, and taking a risk to move forward. With each step moving forward, the fear grew smaller and the confidence grew more and more, and I overcame a barrier that held me back for so many years.