As we near the close of 2018, we start to think about new goals for 2019. Maybe you have a history of setting resolutions and forgetting them halfway through January, and are rolling your eyes at me as I bring this topic up. I get it, sometimes it’s hard not to get stuck in the trap of thinking your goals and dreams are anything more then pipe dreams. Nevertheless, I am here to tell you they are not pipe dreams, and thinking that they are is a lie your mind trying hard to convince yourself to believe. You can crush your goals, you can do anything.
The jr. high/high school version of myself is so incredibly different from who I am now. Back then I never worked out, ate healthy, and always dreaded the annual mile gym class run. I was always one of the last to finish the mile run, and tried to make it seem like I didn’t care, but deep inside I did. I never imagined I would ever be the kind of person that can’t go a few days without working out, or run 5k’s on a regular basis, and at times, win medals for coming in first through third place. That old version of myself would have laughed in your face if you told her that was possible.
In the summer of 2016 my dad asked me if I wanted to climb Pikes Peak with him. I decided I was going to go for it, and started to train. I would aimlessly climb up and down stairs at a local park nearby, with my heart set to climb my first mountain over 14,000 feet in elevation. I remember telling someone I ran into one day about my goal, and she told me she knew some military girls who climbed pikes peak recently, and how they said it was really difficult to do so. Instant panic set in. If some girls who were in the military struggled to climb it, how in the world was I going to be able to accomplish this.
The day arrive to climb Pikes peak, we only got in the night before so didn’t have time to adjust to the elevation, only got a few hours of sleep, and almost had to turn back on the mountain due to lightning that was striking as we climbed. Despite all of this, we made it. It was the most satisfying accomplishment I have had, because there was so much stacked against us. It seemed like all it was was a pipe dream and that same girl who once almost died when running the gym class mile couldn’t do, but I did it.
So set out to run your first 5k, climb that mountain, or bike your first mile. Whatever goal you have, set out to do it, believe you can, and don’t let anything get in your way. Don’t let the past or even present version of yourself hold you back, because I promise you will miss out on all the incredible things you are capable of. You got this.
Laura Goossens, LCSW