and it got me to thinking..
Don't talk about me, until you have talked TO me.
Don't underestimate me, until you challenge me.
Don't judge me until you KNOW me.
I love powerlifting.
It's no secret.
I love my job, I love my friends, I love my family, I love powerlifting.
These are the things that make me happy :)
Today, Brad and I were asked to join in a work out at a gym. The gentleman that invited us owns the gym and trains there. I thought we were just going to work out and train with some peeps. Maybe demonstrate some "heavy" lifts, as this was a starting strength class. As it turns out, Brad and I actually helped some people work on their deadlifting technique. Which was quite an honor actually.
BUT for those of you who know me, I'm not a public speaker, so just standing up in front of a crowd and being asked to speak KINDA freaks me out. So I asked Brad to talk and I would go through the motions and demonstrate. But even then, as I was standing there, all I could think was "should I even be standing here?"
As I said, I LOVE powerlifting and what I do. But I guess I just don't feel qualified to be demonstrating or teaching or training or instructing or whatever you wanna call it. I am honored that we were asked, and I'm humbled by the experience. But in my head I kept repeating "I'm not worthy"! I'm not good enough to be standing here!!
I WANT to be someone that people look up to and feel comfortable watching and asking questions!! But there are sooooo many people out there better and stronger than me. Again, Im just not worthy!!!
Then I read that quote
And I realized how FAR I have come!!!
No. I'm not THE best out there. No I don't have a set of state or world records in my pocket ( I mean I have Shana Ratcliff, Caitlyn Trout and Stephanie Tomlinson all in MY state!!).
But YES. I have won meets. Yes I DO train HARD!!! Yes I do have goals and I have come a LONG way from the first day I touched a barbell!!! (Which was only about two years ago!)
So when I stand in front of people who ask "what can I do!?" rather than feeling inexperienced and inadequate, I need to remember how far I have come!!!
Don't stand back there and talk about me until you have talked to me. Hear my story... I didn't turn into a powerlifter overnight! And I may not have records but I AM strong!!! Challenge me! Push me! We all thrive on that!! Motivate me just as I hope to motivate you!!!
And don't judge me based on someone else's opinion. Judge me on me alone... when you KNOW me!!
I do hope that I left those ladies with a few tips to help them get stronger. And I do hope that I made them feel comfortable in knowing that we as women CAN train and be strong and be better for it!!!
I hope that the next time the opportunity presents itself I can feel more confident in who I am and what I do. Not only in powerlifting, but in life as a whole
We as women are so harsh and judgemental of each other. This in turn causes us to be unsure and insecure in life
We need to remember.....
A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it, it just blooms.
Believe in yourself!!! BE YOU!!! Bloom! That is all that matters.
You may stand in a field full of weeds or you may stand in a field full of tulips... Regardless, when you bloom, you are beautiful!
I wish strength and beauty upon you all :))