I think we’ve all heard the expression “Life isn’t a sprint but a marathon.” I had always subscribed to that train of thought until I heard San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s recent keynote speech. Mayor Castro said the following:
In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.
That was the moment when I truly took mental possession of my life as a relay race. I thought I needed to hold on to the baton until I moved past the fears, the stress and the anxiety from all these changes in my life. Now I know, its not up to me to let go of the baton to move on to the next leg of this race. It’s happening on its own.
It’s all moving forward because I see the vision now. Even though, my head is hurting, my heart is racing and my legs are getting tired … I refuse to give in.
You know that moment where you catch yourself daydreaming? When I do, I see the vision. I’m there on stage doing my thing, the words are flowing out of my mouth and its all just so … effortless. I moved on to the next stage in my relay race. I’ve taken mental possession that these dreams of mine can and will happen.
And you know how I know? When we started doing the work to promote for my 12-week social media online course, I received a call to do this Dex One Digital event. Then a week later, I was contacted by the Orlando Business Journal to participate in their Business Growth Expo to present my Pinterest workshop. The woman from the Orlando Business Journal said these words in our call, “I tracked you down and wanted to include you in our event this year. We’re expecting about 900 – 1,000 people.”
She tracked me down … ME!?!?! She was looking for me and TRACKED ME DOWN. And yesterday I was interviewed for an article in the Orlando Business Journal about how businesses can use social media. Holy FREAKING crap!
Somewhere over the past couple of months, I’ve passed the baton and moved on to the next leg of the race in my journey. Lots of people questioned me over the summer as I worked through the 12-week online course. They couldn’t understand why I would do all that work and then give it away for free. I honestly couldn’t give them an answer except to say, ‘It’s all going to come together. I don’t how or when but it will because I believe it will.”
Every step of this relay race has had its purpose. Every movement has had its reasons. And its all brought me back to this moment. It’s all falling into place. And its amazing.
PS For those of you playing along at home ….
For my readers who are joining me in this new writing project, here is the next step given to us for homework. Our writing teacher asked us to do quite a bit but to keep this clean for you to follow along, I’ll only list three of the next steps:
1. Go through your brainstorm list: Narrow down the items on your brainstorm list and circle the ones you want to write about. Which items on your list really tell your message?
2. Make a list of people: List all the people involved in this time of your life. List all the people, even if its just a person at the store where you broke down and cried. Or maybe its the friend you called everyday for 3 months.
3. Write a rough draft: By now you should see the timeline of events for your stories. Write a rough draft of the last item in your sequence of events. How does your story end?
Let me know in the comments below or you can email me (you can find my email in the About Me page) if you’re participating in this writing experience with me!
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