“There’s a stop sign, could somebody please crash it down?”

Yeah.  That’s what I’m talking about son.  If something is in your way, crash it down!  My son’s comment made me think about how incredibly persistent kids are.  If there’s an obstacle impeding their progress they work around it, through it, over it and keep trying until they find a way to make it work.  There’s this innate drive for progress.  I first noticed this when my son was learning to crawl.  His waking hours were spent rocking back and forth on all fours trying to coordinate things and get moving.  Even in his sleep he would pop up into position and start rocking back and forth.  Every part of his being, even his subconscious mind while sleeping was driving toward his goal.  Within a few days of trying he was crawling and a month later walking.  Yes, the kid walked before he made 9 months- clearly superior genetics. 

I bring this up not to brag about my awesome kid, although there’s much to brag about (brushing shoulders off), but to point out that somewhere along the way many of us lose this incredibly powerful, deep seeded, innately rooted drive.  We start to second guess ourselves and let our actions be guided by fear rather than passion. Kids don’t do this- reality, science, even concrete fact can’t even stand in their way.  (Have you ever tried to out debate a four year-old?  You’ll be resorting to, “because I said so” in no time).  Let them tell it they can swim oceans, scale buildings and climb mountains.  Kids have ultimate faith in themselves and fantastic little egos.

 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 

Where does that fearlessness go?  I’ve spent many years operating out of fear.   Crossfit is the first endeavor in a long time that I’ve pursued out of pure passion.  It’s giving me the opportunity to stop hiding behind fear, to demonstrate for my son what the pursuit of excellence looks like, to show myself I have the courage to dedicate myself to my goals with every part of my being.  From the very first box jump performed on a leg that I didn’t know had anymore jump left in it, Crossfit has been an incredible gift

Maybe the struggles in Crossfit are the biggest gift
 A few people have suggested that  I start a blog.   I’m not sure if they said that because they thought it would be an interesting read or in an effort to stop me from endlessly pontificating to them individually about Crossfit.  Either way, I see this as a forum to share my thoughts, experiences and opinions with anyone who’s interested in reading them and to document for myself.  You know, so I can look back and see how wrong I was about everything.

“Not out of fear, but love.  Love for the game.”- Jay-Z, Never Change

Author: Elisabeth Akinwale

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