a post on accomplishments

last night i successfully pulled myself up into crow pose in my yoga class. i was standing up, then i was folded over, then i was tentatively pulling one foot up, then i said to myself, 'let's go.' and i went. and bam. there i was. for many seconds. and after that, i was high on my accomplishment.

when you're younger, i feel like accomplishments are a dime a dozen. you get an a in class. your essay gets picked for some publication. your team wins the big game. you finish finals. your first news story gets published. everyone is there to cheer you on. and not to say that it's not warranted, but you sort of get an inflated view of yourself. you're like, 'oh hot damn i'm the best ever.' because you are. you totally are. you are the greatest human who has ever done the things that you are currently doing.

as i've entered my mid-20s, i feel like the accomplishments are thinning out. sure, there are life accomplishments that have come; craig and i got a dog, we got engaged and now we're getting married. but i didn't earn those. i didn't work for those (though love is work, but that's another post for another time). sometimes, you get a new job and everyone's there cheering for you. but no one's there cheering for the little things. it's in those moments, you learn to be your own cheerleader.

because, at the end of the day, you're the only one who matters. you're the one who truly appreciates the things you accomplish, and realistically you're the only one who's going to remember every little one.

so when i stuck crow last night, there was no one behind me going 'go alex go!' it was just me, my mat and a room full of sweaty people each having their own form of an accomplishment. so i cheered for myself. i applauded myself, and i was in awe of myself and what i'm capable of. i'm amazing.

and so are you. acknowledge your accomplishments. no matter how big, small or sweaty. they're all important.

19 comments:

  1. so proud Alex. SO. PROUD. these words are smart and right and true and you put them together so eloquently. thank you xoxoxo

    (also proud of that crow)

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    1. Thank you ladyfriend :) Three cheers for us!

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  2. Oh my gosh, this is the greatest post. I've never really stopped to think about how few congratulatory remarks we get on a daily basis as we age and I love the idea of being more conscious of celebrating those little things! And congrats on your accomplishment! :)

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  3. This post is excellent, and so true. And even if someone else congratulates you on your crow pose (good job!) it's just not the same as that feeling you get when you're in the moment and realize, "Hey, I'm actually doing it!" And that's pretty much the best feeling ever.

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    1. Amen girl. It's a feeling that cannot be replaced or replicated!

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  4. Crow pose is so effing hard, so color me impressed that you managed to do it without breaking your nose (my fear whenever I attempt it). Great post :-)

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    1. You just have to throw yourself into it! Not literally, don't literally throw yourself into crow!

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  5. I'm with you sometimes I feel like I haven't accomplished much but then I take a look at what I have done over the year and it feels much better :) I Think when you're in your twenties you have to learn to recognize your own accomplishments more.

    xo

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    1. Yes yes yes! Looking back everything seems so great! But it's in the moment I think a lot of people need to work on :)

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  6. I love this post so much. And I'm with Molly (I'm terrified of face-planting in crow) and Elissa (year-in-review is so, so important periodically)! You're a rockstart, m'dear, I'll be your cheerleader any time you like.

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    1. Rockstart fo lyfe. And it's totally scary, you go just far enough where you're like ehhhhh could smash my face, but then you're balancing and your face is still in tact haha!

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  7. Yay, that is so exciting! Crow pose is soo hard, and I had the same feeling when it finally stuck for me! It is such a great feeling to work for something and be able to see or feel the result of all that effort. Go you! :)

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    1. YES! It's amazing, and just the greatest feeling!

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  8. This post is epic. Also, crow is super hard and it's awesome that you stuck it. I'll get there someday.

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  9. And THIS, my friend, is precisely why I run. I've never been quite fully motivated to achieve high or prestigiously. I've never been career-motivated (I prefer my hobbies which I have yet to figure out how to convert into real decent-paying jobs). Running was something I could achieve! I could compete against myself and be the best version of me. I can do something that not everyone else can (or at least does). There's always a margin for success...finishing a training stint, beating your own 4 mile PR on a Saturday run, finding the most kick-ass pair of running shoes on sale. You're totally right. Feeling successful is usually more motivating when you can cheer for yourself. You can feel good about you.

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  10. That's so awesome! I am crazy impressed by you (consistently).

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