Last week, I took my dad to see Cirque du Soleil's Totem for his 69th birthday. Amidst the spectacle of music, set design, and acrobatics that only Cirque du Soleil can pull off, I kept thinking, "These people are the very best at what they do." I've put in some crazy training in my lifetime, including 20+ years of swim, bike, run, but still I cannot say that I am or ever have been the best at what I do. With each act, I found myself more and more in awe of what it takes to be the best, and the more I pondered, the more removed I found myself from ever being the best..at anything. I'm the guy that took guitar lessons for two months only to not even touch it again for almost a year. I'm also the guy that dedicated 3 months of spinning fire and just when I was getting good, I stopped practicing. Kitesurfing met the same fate, as did surfing, rockclimbing, river kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, cyclocross, and I could go on, with the most recent casualty being mastering the handstand. Next time you whimsically think about being the best of something, ask yourself if you are truly prepared to do everything it takes to be the best. I obviously am too ADD to be able to do what it takes, not even the best show in the world was able to keep my mind from wandering into random thoughts. Speaking of the best, I wish you all the best in the upcoming year.
I'm basically interested in all things funny, health and triathlon related, and sustainable living. This blog used to accompany a website I built to raise awareness about cancer as well as raise money for different causes.