This year, I am grateful for progress.
I am grateful that I have, at long last, learned to unhitch progress from the heavy cart that is perfection. I am grateful that I have learned to celebrate, appreciate, nurture the progress I have made, without a laundry list of caveats and exemptions. I am grateful that I have, at least for the most part, silenced (or at least drowned out) the voice that likes to say you might be better, but you’re still not good enough.
I am grateful for resiliency and new opportunities and old opportunities reframed in a more positive way.
I am grateful to have met almost all of the goals I set for myself this year.
I am also grateful for the goals that I didn’t meet, because in the act of trying, I found purpose and peace.
I am grateful to discover that small changes can have a huge impact. A little over a year ago, I thought I would have to raze my life down if I wanted to be an athlete. I thought I had to start over. I am grateful that that wasn’t the case — small changes, like a van with air conditioning and a few more rest days, did the trick.
I am grateful for growth and growing pains.
I am grateful for the opportunity to further “unbox” myself in 2019 and try new types of racing and training. I am grateful that I no longer feel there is “only one way” to be successful as a mountain biker.
I am grateful for the bike community, both in real life at races, events, etc. and online through this blog, our Youtube channel and Patreon. I have never felt so supported and encouraged as I have this year.
I am grateful to not feel the way I did last year at this time.
I am grateful for the people who have helped me get to where I am now, who believed in me even when I was a mess, and still believe in me now.
I am grateful that I gave myself time to rest over the past six weeks, but I am also grateful that I get to start training again soon.
I am grateful that I still love bikes.
I am grateful that things have gotten better, and I am grateful that I am still excited to race.
I am grateful for the opportunity I have to progress, and that I have the resources and ability to do what I need to do to be a better athlete and human.
I am grateful for progress, and I’m grateful for what comes next.
I would love to hear what you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving. Let me know in the comments below.