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Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance—but how ready do you have to be?
Sometimes you gotta just go for it—and by sometimes I mean, like, all the time. Just go for it. You’ll never be ready if you keep telling yourself you’re not ready. You might surprise yourself. You might have fun, or learn something.
You might totally fuck up, SO WHAT? You know what’s worse than making a mistake, or not being the best? Missed opportunities. I hate that shit. Opportunities don’t come around twice. Every opportunity is once-in-a-lifetime. Don’t wait for the next time. Today is the day, go forth and go for it.
I have some reports on my first race and my first century and some other first-y moments that I am polishing up to share in the coming weeks (handwritten accounts that never made it through the keyboard). In all honesty, the firsts were great—exhilarating and new, totally–but the best thing about getting out there and taking on tasks and challenges that I might not have felt ready for (most all of them, tbh) is all of the opportunities that follow. The next new thing that lies after is the thing you won’t ever get to unless you get over that first hump.
I’ll admit, I am not risk-averse—but that doesn’t mean I don’t get shit-my-pants scared.
Life is short, dammit. How else will we know what it’s like? How else can we know? Hearsay is bogus, just do it yourself. I dare you.