Drop the “T” in “can’T”

SUP Ninja 2

By: Camp Koru Alumna Ninja

Because if you put your mind to it, you can do more then you ever thought was possible. I’m not trying to be cliche or express a motivational motto—and I’m not trying to say that everything’s as easy as just “You can do it; just put your mind into it”—because that’s not true. It takes a lot. It’s hard physically and emotionally. It takes commitment, effort, focus and the acceptance of failure every time. I’ll give you a recent example.

In 2012, I couldn’t even properly stand up and walk on land, but somehow, I signed myself up for a weeklong camp [Camp Koru] to stand up on water on a paddle board. I got there and I said on day one, “Nope, I can’t do this. I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up for this.”

By the end of the week—after many unplanned falls in the water and amazing support—I was up on the board, balancing and standing up on the water! Yes, I paddling slowly and carefully, but I did it. I got up! I was unsteady and my legs shook uncontrollably, but I was up! I’ve been trying to keep standing up on a SUP board every summer since then, and I would love to report that it’s really easy now, but that’s just not the case. What I CAN say is that every year I’m getting better. I’m gaining a little bit more confidence and there’s definitely no “I can’t do this” mentality. Getting rid of that mentality is the hardest part because the rest you CAN.

Thanks, Athletes 4 Cancer, for helping me be able to say I CAN!

[This blog was originally published on Ninja’s blog.]


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