I have always been an avid dreamer.
As a little girl, I walked around with my head in the clouds. Anything and everything was possible, and my overactive imagination served me well for writing stories and playing make-believe. Even in the face of life's many failures (which everyone must deal with, unfortunately),
I retained my large aspirations.
Of course, as I got older, I adapted a bit more realistic perspective.
At 13, I began to figure out that it was unlikely that I would happen to be discovered by a famous Hollywood producer who happened to be in Idaho.
And, after taking AP physics and hating every minute of it, I realized that it was a lot more difficult to be an astronaut than I first imagined.
When I began my collegiate running career at a community college, I began to comprehend that I probably wasn't going to break any distance running world records anytime soon.
Yet, though I perhaps have more of a realistic perspective than I once had, my propensity for dreaming has never diminished.
What I mean is, there is still a large part of me that thoroughly believes that I might be a famous movie star one day. That I might travel to space. Or that I might go to the Olympics.
I just finished my first week of xc training with my new team at the University I am transferring to. My legs are sore and my body is tired. Early mornings, two-a-days, and ice baths will take up all my time from here on out
(except for studying, of course).
And I couldn't be more excited. I keep on getting better. I keep on becoming a stronger and smarter racer. And I keep on dreaming.
Honestly, who knows what the future holds? And who is to say that I might not break the school record, or the national record, or the world record one day?
I know it's a long shot. I understand that A + B does not equal C. But I have come to think of dreaming as a very powerful tool.
Without it, we would limit ourselves.
So I'm going to continue to keep my head in the clouds.
I'm going to push myself beyond my limits and see where it takes me. And if it only ever encourages me to give my best and never leads anywhere phenomenal, so be it.
At least I will know I never sold myself short.