When I was a kid I was quite shy around those I did not know well. In fact up until just a few short years has it been that I have I developed the confidence to live MY life not as others see me living it, but as I see myself living the life I was meant to live. If you would have seen me 10 years ago I would have been back of the room sitting in a corner waiting for others to ask me to join in. I was not anti-social--I just did not feel as though I belonged. Sadly, I believe much of this had to do with my weight and the insecurity it brought to me.
Don't get me wrong--I was very active in my daughter's school as a volunteer but when it came to interactions with others, especially women, who were much thinner than me, I lacked the confidence to put myself out there. I was too afraid that others were judging me based on my looks, my weight.This was something that I struggled with for the better part of my life.
I am not really sure when that all changed, but I know that running has given me the confidence to put myself out there and not care what others think. Taking the risks to live a dream far exceeds the power I GAVE to others. And what fun this new confidence has brought me!!!
So if I want to dress as a Piggy Princess running the streets of Cincinnati or cheer for others in full piggy attire to inspire them to live their dream than so be it. We only have one opportunity in life to make the most of what GOD gave us--I don't want to look back with any regrets--any could've, would've, should've--I want to EMBRACE THE JOY that we are all meant to have, IF we just let down our inhibitions!