Today, I Am an Athlete. (Wait, Am I?)

I’d been working on embracing my Athlete Archetype for a few months now. An archetype represents some aspect of what you are or identify with. In Jungian terms, archetypes are models of people’s behaviors or personality traits.

For example: Today I was at lunch reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, in which there are such amazing lines as this:

“Running seemed to be the fitness version of drunk driving: you could get away with it for a while, you might even have some fun, but catastrophe was waiting right around the corner.”

The server saw me reading it and asked excitedly if I was a runner.

“Well, I run,” I replied. “I don’t know that I’d call myself a runner.”

I’m a writer. I’m a traveler. I’m a dancer. I’m an editor. These are things I know and can say with confidence.

But one of the things I’ve most wanted to say lately (especially after witnessing the world’s largest Ironman race in Boulder last week, cuz damn) is: I am an athlete.

woman running

I’ve been interested in how we shift our stories since the beginning of the year. I started a website called Today I’m, where I posted writing and a photo that shared how I was changing my story that day. I committed to it on New Year’s Day; it lasted for an appropriate length of three weeks.

Today, I practiced this again. On a page I ripped out from Born to Run, I wrote:

I am an athlete.

I looked at it—sideways, over my food, under my check. And I realized, it didn’t feel right. And that maybe, it’s ok to not be a thing I want to be.

Maybe I don’t have to be an athlete. Maybe it truly doesn’t resonate with me at this stage of my experience.

Maybe what I want could be better stated as:

I am a mover.
I am body efficient.
I am flexible.
I am strong.
I am resilient.
I am free in my body.

Yes. These felt much better to me.

In honor of this, I’d like to share how I moved today. I did:

  • 1 hour and 15 mins of yoga
  • 15 mins of biking
  • 1 hour and 30 mins of aerial Cyr Wheel
  • 2 hours of volleyball
  • 15 mins of hula-hooping

This totals to 5 hours and 15 mins of movement, expression, play, falling on my head (the aerial dance…), learning, sunshine, friendship and laughter.

How blessed I am to be able to squeeze this bliss into a late-summer day. I don’t need to state that I’m anything I’m not to be able to receive this.

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One thought on “Today, I Am an Athlete. (Wait, Am I?)

  1. I find myself constantly fighting a voice in my head that says change isn’t possible, that I’m doomed to always be stuck with whatever I have forever.

    Exercises like these help to defuse that voice. We know change is possible, but convincing ourselves in a deep way to truly believe it takes craftiness.

    I appreciate you sharing your craftiness :-)

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