A few weeks ago, an awesome story about Asia Ford went viral and was all over social media. Asia finished the Rodes City Run 10K race in Louisville with the help of a police officer who stayed with her until the finish.
The story garnered a lot of attention which was almost overwhelmingly positive. Asia’s been on a journey to lose weight and get healthy for a couple years now and has lost over 200 pounds. She entered the race as a fitness challenge for herself and even after training for months she struggled starting in the fourth mile.
Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory was working at the race and asked Asia if she wanted to stop. When she said no and decided to continue, Officer Gregory decided to do what he could to help her finish. He walked the remainder of the race with her arm-in-arm so she could finish.
The story made me tear up when I read it because of their effort. Asia for trying, for showing up and caring about herself enough to keep going. Officer Gregory for showing up and giving a damn about someone else. They both showed up in different ways and both deserve some praise for it.
If you’ve ever tried anything hard you’ll probably figure out that showing up is half the battle. It’s easy to quit. It’s easier to not even try. Showing up is the first step and the biggest one in making progress. Showing up to events that scare you, showing up to the gym every day, showing up consistently day after day is what makes the difference.
Because of anxiety, it’s often easier for me to quit things before I have to go through something difficult. I cancel appointments and skip workouts that might be super tough. I default to skipping things rather than showing up. Completing the 24 Day Challenge showed me a little taste of what it’s like to show up for myself every day. Whether anyone cared or not. To just decide that something matters enough to show up and put in the work… whether I felt like it or not. Whether I struggled or not. To show up and just do it.
Emily wrote a post about this exact thing a few weeks ago. Like she said, “No matter what goal you want to reach, you have to take that first big, hairy, scary step. You have to show up. If you’re having a difficult time showing up for yourself, try showing up for someone else. When you show up – either for yourself or for others – great things can happen.”
Show up for yourself. Show up for the people you care about. That’s all this is really about.