Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A realization

When I was young there were a couple of things that I wasn't any good at. Time and experience had taught me that sports and gym were not really my thing and neither was sewing.

For example, in high school my friends and I would try to come up with creative things to do during gym while playing and trying to get a decent grade. Sometimes this wasn't such a hit with those in our class who were a little more competitive. It was especially not appreciated when we moved out of the way of the volleyball. Needless to say I was thrilled when I didn't have to take gym my senior year. There was much rejoicing.

It may come as a shock to most of you that I do not sew nor think I have talent for it. My mother is the world's best seamstress and quilter. She can seriously fix or make or do anything when it comes to the sewing machine. Me, not so much. In Junior High when I had to take sewing my mom would end up finishing what I had started due to the fact that I would have a minor (Read: MAJOR) breakdown. The breakdowns mostly involved crying and I just didn't enjoy it AT ALL.

Which brings us to today and about a week ago when I had this realization about both of the topics discussed above. I started going to the gym in December and I actually like it. I am currently working on a secret project (for someones birthday) that involves sewing and it isn't so bad. I realized that just because I didn't like something in the past doesn't mean that I will forever be tied to that thing about myself. I can conquer something that I didn't think I could. Those labels don't have to define me forever.
I am sure that some of you out there had this realization a long time ago but for me it was a true aha moment. A moment that I have been pondering on for the past week and trying to think of how I would put it into words. I hope I have done it justice.


Eliza said...

"Those labels don't have to define me forever." -That stuck out to me as if you'd written them in large bold font. That is a reminder that I needed to hear today. So, thank you!

RCH said...

How exciting! It's fun to learn something new, but awesome & empowering to conquer something you never thought you could.

You rock. :-)

~ B. said...

I love, love, love this post! You are always so inspiring to me! Don't ever let a label define you! You rock!

Loves and stuff!

Kathy said...

Wow this was fab! I have to echo what the other 3 comments that have been made. I love the sentence, "Those labels don't have to define me forever." Very profound. I am so grateful to be able to call you my friend. You truly are an inspiration to me and it makes me happy to know you. :)

Bailey Family said...

Everyone comes to that realization at different times and needs to be reminded on a regular basis. We are creatures of habit and like to avoid change.
I am really proud of you Kathryn and I am glad that I have a dedicated gym buddy and it was fun sewing with you last week...I am looking forward to more sewing afternoons with you!

thepainterfamily said...

love this post.

and i'm so glad we can change.