Remember track and field day when you were a kid?
It was a fun time to try different events and for some of us, it might have been the only time we actually ran a timed relay race. We did the high jump, runs, throwing, agility tests, and the running long jump. One of the things that have stuck out in my mind was the long jump… not because I was good at it, but because of what was exclaimed over and over as each kid ran up to the line and lept for all they were worth. “Fall forward!”
The measurement isn’t taken where your foot lands but on the closet mark to the starting point. So if you jump and fall on your cusshy end, verses stretching forward to keep momentum, it could make a huge difference in the outcome. Falling forward is heading in the right direction.
That is such great advice, not just for the uncoordinated girl who was trying to see how far she could jump, but as a life lesson for now, the end of 2020.
Sure, this has been a crazy year. I really thought I would get a lot done, in fact, I had a whole list of things I thought I would accomplish during my social distancing time such as, learn to play the ukulele, organize rough totes of pictures in my garage (please don’t judge me), start a podcast, write a cookbook..and those are just a few. But the reality is, this year has been an emotional rollercoaster. The uncertainty created fatigue long after toilet paper was restocked.
And here I am, picking out my planner for 2021!
Instead of being frustrated with myself over all the things I didn’t do, I have decided to give myself the same grace I hope I give others. I have decided to be “Thankful” for all the little moments of success and cherish the times when I was just able to read, snuggle, and hold close the people who mean the world to me. Sure it would have been great to whip out my ukulele and play something amazing, but really, in the long run, just getting through 2020 felt like an event worthy of a ribbon.
Then let me give you a word of Field Day Wisdom…FALL FORWARD. Leave your mark to the best of your ability. No one wants to leave their bumprints in the sandpit, so brush the dust off and get ready to move forward.
And do it with an attitude of thankfulness.