Holly and I met online several years ago. We have encouraged each other through 4 (I think) births, care flights, emergency surgeries, prolonged illness, broken bones, marriages, death, and the joys and trials of everyday life.
She, along with only her husband and children recently completely dismantled an old barn on her property that a tornado had destroyed, removed all the nails, and sold the 100 year old wood to a builder, all while caring for her aging parents and 9 children. She is my hero, so I was honored when she asked to interview me about my CrossFit experiences.
Here's an exerpt.
I am 49, stretched out, creaky, slow, tired, and weak. BUT...I am getting less so! Slowly I can see and feel that I can run farther, lift more, and last longer than I did the first day. I am constantly striving to be better. Isn't this our goal in all of life?
"Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
We are not called to be better than everyone else. Just better than we were yesterday.
I admit this is sometimes an issue my pride struggles with. I don't like to be last or weakest. Sometimes on certain weight lifting exercises, I have to use the tiny 5 lb metal plates while everyone else has the giant rubber plates on their bars. But I remind myself that I am not competing with any of them. I am getting stronger daily.
Hop on over there to read it, and while you're there, be sure to poke around. Pretty much everything she writes is solid gold.