All that know me, know that Simba and his father Mufasa have a special place in my heart….yes, I admit it…at 30 years old, Disney movies still rank among my favorites….and the “Lion King” tops the charts. I’m not sure if it’s just my draw to big cats (I pretty much can’t stand domestic cats), the amazing opening scene that I used to love screaming at the top of my lungs (“maaaaaaasehenya” or the correct lyric “Nants ingonyama”) at the most inappropriate times (like in the hallways at school…..I know, what a winner, right?)….or just the story altogether…..can’t quite put my finger on it….but this movie is still awesome!
And in thinking of what to write tonight….I’m drawn to arguably the most pivotal point in young Simba’s life…..the point where….through the guidance, wisdom, belief and confidence that another (Rafiki) has in him….he is pushed past his perceived limits and in full pursuit of his ultimate destiny…. as king of the jungle (or Pride Rock in this case).
Ok, if you’re still with me….fair enough that you might be thinking, “Great recap of the Lion King…do you do the Little Mermaid too…..What the hell does this have to do with you, fitness, health, personal achievement, Pro-Activity, etc?”
Well here’s the thing….4 years ago when I got into distance running, I never thought my body could handle running sub 7:00 min pace for 26.2 straight miles (6:52 to be more exact)…..and although I liked to dream that I’d one day break the 3 hour barrier….I don’t know if I actually believed I could do it…… it’s historically been a mental block…a personal measure of achievement….and something I’ve always thought would be “awesome”. And whereas I hope my ultimate destiny isn’t as superficial-sounding as a silly time-clock….for the time being…to me anyway…..it’s a pretty big deal.
After months (years actually) of training for something I’ve thought was important but maybe not quite doable…..it took the people I care about most to tell me in their own words and / or supportive actions “It Is Time”….”You Can Do This”, and so I shall (or give it every ounce I’ve got in pursuit)!
So here’s my question to you…..what “crazy” thing do you want to do….to go after….who in your life already believes in you….who has already told you (maybe more subtly, maybe abruptly)….”Go After It”….”You Can Do It”…….”IT IS TIME!!!”
Here’s to you, me, and the pursuit of something great! And to all reading this (whether you’ve ever said a word to me or not)…thanks for the push!