I was told at a young age to not fear the game. I do not know if it the thing that resonates most when confrontation arises or what powers my ability to speak out when I believe something should have been handled in a different manner, but it is what I know to be true.
There are going to be people in this world who do not like me. They will try to bring me down, they will disagree with what I stand for, and they will make it known. I’ll be the first to tell you when I know I am not welcome by someone or within a situation. But that does not mean I will back down from standing my ground, nor will I treat you terribly. We live in a world full of people who are offended left and right, those who tear one another down for the smallest of manners, and a society that would rather rip someone apart then build them up. I think this is one of the reasons I stand so firmly on sharing my own truth in a way that does not bring someone down.
This idea of leading by example is not new. It is one that has been around for a long time, but the reality of those following it is fewer and fewer. People would rather be a dictator or force others into situations they never intended to be in then lead by example. The philosophy of treat others as you would want to be treated. Yet how many of us treat others as though they are disposable instead of like they are valuable.
So how can I, an average person with a simple blog about running, lead by example? It’s simple really. It all starts with sharing the good and the bad. Not only will it shed a light on the reality that social media is a world filled with fake stories while normal life can be challenging, it is creating a stronger sense of isolation and depression within our society. We are all going to go through terrible situations and rougher moments in our life. But our ability to invite others in and share in those more vulnerable moments it what will cause a shift in our culture.
It also includes building others up. Seeing someone in a high moment and celebrating right along side them. Reaching out to someone who is struggling and letting them know that I am here for them, regardless of if I know what is going on in their life. And boldly confronting others who I feel have stepped outside the lines in a situation. It is this give and take that will always be a delicate dance. But it is one that I refuse to back down from.
Until next time
-Be Fearless, Go Boldly