On taking the first steps….

Let’s talk baby steps. I seem to be surrounded by them lately. My friend’s son just took his first steps the other day (and really, is there anything cuter than that?); my best friend’s son will likely be toddling about in the next few months. A co-worker’s daughter is getting very close to walking.
It’s interesting thinking about baby steps and watching them happen. I remember a picture of little Eli, nearly hysterical trying to pull himself to a standing position inside his crib. My best friend is, in every sense of the word, a wonderful mother…proven by the fact that she took the picture of Eli before calming him down. HA! But that little nugget was not going to quit until he was standing. Nope, he was going to do whatever it took and boy, did he!
We adults could learn a lot from these little ones. They just won’t give up until they get it right. “I can’t do it” is a phrase that simply doesn’t exist for them (yet). They stumble and wobble and fall down, but no matter what, they get right back up and try it again until they finally get the hang of it.
I’m starting my own baby steps…again. With running. I want to run (I think). Well, the reality is that I *need* to run. I love cupcakes so I’ll tolerate running in order to eat the cupcakes without guilt. I used to run. Well, I trained for one race and I thought I did all right with it. Then I just quit. It hurts. It gets hot. My lungs burn. I hate all those feelings, mostly the burning lungs.
But I’m going to give it another go. And maybe this time, I’ll get it right. Maybe this time, I won’t give up five weeks into training. Maybe this time, I’ll convince myself to push harder and go longer. I’m not going to give myself a goal other than that. I won’t say “I’m going to run a marathon” because the fact is, I don’t know if I want to.
That’s what my baby steps look like right now. Just get back on the treadmill a few times a week and not give up…and maybe read a book or two…

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