I have a friend who once spoke about working toward a goal and being so, so close, but still having to work through that final push to achievement . . . she described it as going 999 miles, and still having one mile left, the mile that feels unending, the mile where you consider chucking it all because you think you'll never really get there.
I bring this up today because this is my 999th post since beginning this blog back in 2008. I've certainly come some distance during that time, distance traveled in not only miles and years but in growth and awareness.
as I sit on the figurative eve of my 1000th post, I get to contemplate all those things. I have come a long way, and it did take over 5 years to get here . . . luckily, I don't think the last mile will be my hardest. but being here does offer time for reflection, which is something we all might benefit from doing more of.
often it feels like we're not moving in life, like we are in ruts or still so far from reaching our dreams that they seem impossible. but I---as others---suggest that you reflect on where you were 5 years ago, what you were doing, what you focused on, and compare that with now. have you learned? grown? changed in some positive way? added variety or new challenges to your life?
we aren't meant to be static creatures. we have amazing abilities to become stronger, wiser, kinder, better. (and faster on a bike, too.) all it takes is a little determination, some self-awareness, and a bit of tenacity.
so if you're in the midst of something, or even at the 999th mile toward something, be persistent. don't give up. keep on moving forward, and never ever ever release your dreams. look back and see where you began, and give yourself credit for moving along, for all the progress you've made. because you have.
we're all on the 999th mile toward something, and probably on the 500th mile toward something else. we're often on the 31st mile, too. so enjoy your journeys, and be grateful that you're able to take them.
use your mind, your body, your strengths and abilities, and keep striving toward those dreams and goals.
because someday you---and me, too---will be traveling along on that last mile and suddenly find ourselves hitting the 1000 mark.
which is when you start out on another first mile.
and then another.
and then, another.