There have been many opportunities for me to ‘give up’ in my life. Perhaps that makes me like everyone else or at the least human.
I was having a discussion with someone who I had just met over the weekend. We talked about many things, but because she (at age 55) is a fitness buff and personal trainer we could have that fitness conversation comfortably. She mentioned that she had completed 9 full marathons! I was impressed. She was equally impressed to learn that I was sprinting and planning to kick things up a notch to compete at a masters lever nationwide. At some point during the conversation, I told her that giving up was just not an option.
After I said it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why can’t I just be like most women my age and simply be okay to gain a few pounds, buy bigger clothing, and trust that I don’t look too bad. I just can’t do it. I want to look good for my age and my condition! If I stop, or give up working out, I would provide an opportunity for MS to regain a hold in my life. So, giving up is just not an option.
I may no longer be very fast. I may not win the Senior Olympics, but I will continue to do the best I can for what I am now. So, giving up is just not an option…