Monday night I phoned my Meme and Pepe, that’s French for grandparents, to say hello and thank my grandma for the knitted goods she had sent in the mail. They asked how training was going and I mentioned it was going great but at the time, my calves were still really tight from my Sunday run. Prior to our call, I was at yoga trying my best to find my inner balance through my ashtanga practice, but instead I found frustration and pain. I shared with them how much I love to run, but some days I find myself annoyed. Just then, my grandparents jumped in with a wonderful story that I needed to share.
A woman named Sarah Getto passed through their trailer park over the weekend. While I’ll let you read a little more about her (http://www.sarahgetto.com/) in summary, Sarah was born blind and with a severe cleft palate. In addition, she also has a very intense stutter making regular conversation quite difficult. I was shocked to learn that at age 3, Sarah began teaching herself to play the piano and the violin at age 10. She plays a number of other instruments and even started composing her own music. In addition, my grandparents mentioned that once she started to sing her stutter vanished. They spoke highly of her gregarious personality, her enthusiasm for life and the fact that she indicated how grateful she was for being born without eyes; as it allowed her to discover her passion.
What I realized through this story is you only have one life. Sarah could have decided to live a life where disability disempowered her, but instead she chose a fulfilling life, full of possibilities and one that enables her to be a source to inspire others. What really hit me is she would have never discovered these talents unless she tried. Humans are terrified of failure and taking risk. We rather live a comfortable, unfulfilled life then try something knowing there is the possibility and risk of failure. Yet what we fail to realize is that not only success, but an entirely unforeseen new way of being could emerge from simply trying something.
Sarah chose to believe that her dream of being a music teacher is the reality she wants for herself and is taking the steps to make that happen. She’s not only creating possibilities through language, i.e. saying she wants to do something or to be somebody, but instead she’s taking action, getting out there and actually doing it. NIKE put it very simply when they said “Just Do It”. They didn’t say “Think About It” or “Assess It”, they said “Just Do It”. How about you give you brain a rest from thinking about something and instead just go out there and surprise yourself with what you can do.