Since I talked about a cat with a powerful lesson in body positivity over on my main blog, I thought I should give dogs equal time. Luckily, a video of a mastiff doing an agility course has been making the rounds of Facebook and it is the most adorable thing, maybe ever (video is at the bottom of the blog.) The positive nature of the comments was also refreshing. A couple of my favorites:
“This dog is my new inspiration in life. He’s doing what he can, when he can, the best he can, and not giving two f*cks about what anyone else thinks. And he finished the course.”
“I shall do this course in my own time and you shall like it or kiss my Mastiff arse”
When it comes to triathlon (and running in particular) I am slow. It’s highly unlikely I’ll ever be fast and I’m fine with that. Seventeen hours is the only time I care about.
If you are a slow athlete, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Still, you may have experienced a weird situation wherein insecure athletes try to make themselves feel better by comparing themselves to you, or by trying to make you feel bad for your time (it’s always the insecure people, those who are comfortable with themselves and their athletic performance just don’t do this.)
So let me take this inspiration Thursday to say that we are all fine, just the way we are, at whatever time it takes us to do our thing. We can set goals for speed and join events with time cut-offs, or we can set goals for other reasons and join events without time limits (Mainly Marathons is a good example of an event series that is dedicated to athletes of all speeds) and any choice we make is a completely valid one.
It can also help to remember that nobody is required to derive their self-esteem from being faster than anyone else (including people on the couch who didn’t ask to be involved in this mess.) And I invite anybody who tries to make us feel bad about ourselves for our athletic endeavors and the time it takes us to achieve them to kiss this Mastiff’s arse – or not, the Mastiff deserves better than that.
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