Monday, February 15, 2010

Embracing "Crazy"

It has been interesting to see people's reactions when I say I joined the Roller Derby league. People either think I've lost my mind or think it's cool. I have to admit that at first I was just going to see about volunteering or helping out due to being too old (46) and battling breast cancer. But I remembered how much I love roller skating and know that age is just a number. So I decided to "embrace crazy" and go for it. And I'm so glad I did because I'm lovin' it! When I say ‘crazy’, I’m talking about the good crazy, the out of the box thinking crazy. This means being bold enough to blaze your own trail, birth those ideas and create your own reality. It’s that out of the box thinking and not allowing anybody else to define what’s possible for you.
Having cancer has made me decide to live life "in the moment" with no regrets and no fears. I may bust my ass and get banged up but I'll have fun doing it. So, laugh if you must but once you see me in action, you'll understand. I said before that when I'm skating, I "forget" I have cancer. My friend Eunice says it's probably because I have to concentrate on staying upright [she really should be a comedian]. Actually, I can remain upright without too much trouble. When I'm skating, I'm living in the moment. I'm not worried about having only 1 boob or the fact that my cancer has a very good chance of recurrence. I am just enjoying myself.
I encourage everyone reading this to "embrace crazy". So, why have you not embraced your crazy idea(s)? The top 3 reasons most often cited:
  1. You think you will fail;
  2. You think you'll be laughed at; and
  3. You think you don't know how.
Most people think they lack the resources or the knowledge to make it happen, and because of that, they never even start. Something happens when you step out with courage and take that first step, it’s like you’re unleashing something within you. The answers to the questions just start showing up. I think it starts with desire - from knowing that the dream is possible and that your "crazy" ideas are a good thing. When you embrace those ideas without judgment, the flood gates just may open, allowing you to achieve great things! Just go for it!

1 comment:

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