First Steps

~~Life is a series of first steps.  First steps are challenging, scary, exciting, hard, fun…  First steps are particularly challenging and awkward when we step out of our comfort zone.  I’m feeling all of those emotions as I begin to write my first blog.  Writing is something that does not come easily for me; give me math and science any day.  Add to that the fact that I have so many thoughts and ideas I want to share, my head is spinning. 

The blog title came out of the thoughts floating in my head about how to start, what to say, and how to say it.  I thought back to many first steps in life:

• Learning to walk.  Okay, so I don’t actually remember this one but I’m sure it was awkward.
• Riding a bike.  I remember trying to learn on the grass even though it was more difficult because it didn’t hurt so badly when I fell.
• The first day of school.  I was ready, excited and loved it.  Shocker, I know.  I still love learning. 
• Driving a car.  It was scary!  Thank goodness for a patient drivers ed teacher and my sister’s very patient boyfriend.

You get the picture…. Where would I be without those first steps?  What would have happened if I had given up? 

A few years ago, I took a big first step by hiring a personal trainer.  I had no idea what to expect.  I knew nothing about exercise.  It was challenging and awkward.  It took me two weeks to learn how to do a proper squat!  I had a long list of reasons not to take that first step:

• Money – I kept thinking “why should I pay someone to help me exercise?  I can do that on my own.”  Good thinking but not reality.  I couldn’t do it on my own.  I needed to learn what to do and how to do it. I also needed encouragement and a scheduled appointment to stick with it. 
• Time – my life was so busy and stressful adding one more thing seemed like it would stress me out even more.  I quickly realized that it was just the opposite.  Exercise is the best stress reliever I’ve ever experienced.
• Pride – yes, pride.  I didn’t have a clue, not to mention lack of coordination and athletic ability (like taking two weeks to learn to do a squat).  I had to give myself the freedom to feel “stupid.” Everyone has different abilities and different backgrounds and I needed to be okay with baby steps.

I am glad I took that first step and pushed past all my excuses (and fears).  That first step led to a whole new adventure – my own personal training studio.  It is all the adjectives above (challenging, scary, exciting, hard, fun) and then some.  Most days, I can’t quite believe I get to do this.  I spend time with great people.  I watch them challenge themselves, change and grow.  It is humbling being a part of their journey.  I love the fact that they leave sessions less stressed and feeling better than when they arrived. Well, sometimes they leave feeling like their arms or legs are spaghetti.  But either way, they leave feeling good for showing up, working hard and investing time in themselves and their health.  I’m loving my new journey.  A journey that began with one simple small first step.

Life is full of first steps. Let’s face each day embracing them.  You never know where they will lead.  Just take that first step!!

What are some first steps you are making or contemplating?  Take a moment to share them.