What I See

Yesterday morning at 6:46am, I took the picture below.  I had just biked 20 miles and I was blissfully happy.  I did NOT want to get up when my alarm went off, but I did.  I did not want to go out in the cold to go to the gym, but I did.  Once I got there, I didn’t even really want to cycle, but I did.  The picture below makes me extremely happy, and I will share with you why that is.

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Past Renee would have snoozed and not gone to cycle class.  Past Renee would have made another excuse, and would have been upset all day for not going to class like planned.  Previous Renee may have taken it easy during class, because “at least I went at all.”

I look at the picture above and I see a different Renee than last month, than last year, than 5 years ago.  I look at the photo above and I am proud and I feel strong.  I am proud of myself for the changes I have made.  I am proud of myself for the changes yet to come.  I took the picture because I wanted to remember the joy I felt in cycling class, not just because of the class (which was great by the way), but because of the person I was during class, and how proud I am that I have become that person.

I see strength in the photo above.  Not only physically, the strength in my shoulders and legs, but I see strength, in my eyes and on my smile.  I may have started cycling to supplement cardio while I couldn’t run, but I’ve fallen in love with my time on the bike, with the atmosphere, and with the strength and happiness I feel when I am in the saddle. Looking at this photo makes me feel empowered.

I wanted to share my thoughts with you, not because I wanted to brag about myself, but because I know many other people are in the same boat and can relate.  Know that you can go the extra mile, and that you are strong and beautiful and capable.  And so I can look at this when my knee hurts, and feel the strength I had yesterday morning, and see the happiness I have, and to remind myself I am capable and strong and brave and can do anything I put my mind to.

I would love for you to share a photo where you feel strong, empowered, and truly happy.