I had no idea what to expect going into this event today. I went in prepared to learn as much as I could from these two incredible women, and they didn't disappoint. I came home from the Women in Strength seminar with a better understanding of what lifting can do for me both physically and mentally, and had a kind of radical shift in perspective.
I have never been an athletic person. I didn't play sports in or out of school, and I never had a drive to be physically competitive. I didn't see the appeal of trying to be better than somebody else in what was essentially a game. I see professional athletes in the media and have great respect for their skills, but lack any desire to do what they do. But listening to @danalinnbailey and @bonschro talk today, I made a connection that my mind had been having trouble making before: I view both of these women as premier professional athletes in their sports, and not only do I admire them greatly, I also have an active interest in participating in their sports. This is kind of the first time I have viewed lifting as more than just a hobby, or even a passion. Viewing lifting as a sport makes me then reflect on some fundamental things about how I view myself.
This is something I am actively interested in delving deeply into. Do I want to compete someday? I don't know, only time will tell. But I do want to get better, stronger, more knowledgable, and more connected to this sport. Does that make me an athlete? It might (which is kind of scary). And if it does, am I ready to embrace that? Am I prepared to commit to my sport?
I rewrote that last sentence just now. It had said "commit to A sport", not "MY sport". I feel ready. I feel focused, even if I'm still finding a path. I'm already looking forward to what the next year holds for me, and when I attend this event in 2020 I want to take the same picture next to DLB and bring the gun show!
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