I am not talented.
I am just not adventurous.
I am terrible at eating healthy.
We’ve all uttered phrases like those in nature at some point in our lives. These phrases that draw a set conclusion about how we see ourselves. We surrender ourselves to these stories. What if we could change the stories we tell ourselves?
I used to have a very strong story I told myself:
I am just not athletic.
What I was really telling myself was that I wasn’t strong-willed, focused or capable of being physically healthy. Being athletic represented those traits and I just simply didn’t embody any of them.
In high school, I was painfully insecure. I was too afraid to try out for any sports or extracurricular activities in high school. So I joined the one sport where tryouts weren’t required- tennis. Regardless of how skilled of a tennis player you were, you would make the JV team at the very least. I spent that season floundering around and frankly, not trying very hard because I believed I wasn’t good enough.I was ranked a whopping second to last in the team. I vowed to not try anything else athletic again. I thought, “What did you expect? Serves you right.”
It wasn’t until I tried a dance classes in college that something changed. I wasn’t an amazing dancer right off the bat but something about the act of it moved my soul. I simply needed to dance. But did I represent any of the things that “athletic” represented just because I took dance classes now? No way.