Books have helped me grow, changed the way I think, and inspired me to take action. At other times, books have been a much-needed distraction or a comfortable escape. Books can help us sample different perspectives, learn new things, or realize something about ourselves.
books create shared experiences.
The introspective, reflective, perpetual student part of me loves it when I spend most of my time thinking, reading, and thinking some more. But thinking or reading about doing something isn’t the same as taking action.
To truly know ourselves and reveal who we are to others, we need to go out and experience things. Things that take us away from the comfort of our imaginative minds and put us right in the center of the real-life arena.
When you’re “in the arena,” you’re doing the work. You’re a badass.
As an endurance athlete and a coach, most of my “in the arena” moments have revolved around endurance sports (or writing). Over time, I’ve surrounded myself with a community of badasses – a fierce and determined group of people who have done plenty of work in the water and the mountains.
Endurance sports and adventures create moments that remind us not only what we’re made of but also who we are. Like, that you’re the type of person who will take on a challenge even though no one tells you to. Or, you’ll keep showing up, and you’ll always keep going even if no one is watching.
an act by itself isn’t badass.
But the person who chooses to act is. The distance you cover, the elevation you gain, the weight you lift, and even the books you read are all evidence of your willingness to think, to act, and ultimately, to figure out who you are.