When was the last time you told yourself you weren't cut out for something? Those thoughts run through my head on a pretty regular basis. I was feeling it just today, in fact.
When I decided to upgrade to a larger van earlier this month to give myself more living space, the thought didn't even occur to me that I could build it out myself. When a friend suggested I should try, my immediate response was a confident: "NO WAY. I could never do something like that. My brain doesn’t work that way." But then something happened. I realized I couldn't afford to hire a company to build the van out for me. I was actually forced to consider doing it myself. And as I researched deeper into the build-out process, it started to seem a lot more manageable somehow. Fast forward a few weeks and I've already laid down a floor, installed a fan on the roof and partially insulated my new Ford Transit.
I remember having these same feelings years ago when a friend asked me to run our first marathon together. Running continuously for 26.2 miles seemed outrageous at the time. Before that, 6 miles was the farthest I'd let my feet carry me. But once I broke it down into stages, one run after the other, slow mileage increases over time, the task seemed a lot less daunting. Now, many years later, I've run 7 marathons and a 50K.
When I think of the van build process like this it feels a lot more attainable. This isn't a sprint. It's completing one "run" after another, working towards this one end goal, getting back on the road in my new home on wheels. Some of these long "runs" are a lot more daunting (electrical). But all of it, every single part of it, takes one foot in front of the other and a strong belief that YES I CAN.
So, what are you waiting for? I know you have it in you, too. All you have to do is take that first step.
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