We’ve all experienced loss. Loss of family, loss of friends, and loss of opportunities. But one of the most painful types of loss is when one loses themselves. But as cliché, as it sounds, on the journey to self-discovery --sometimes you have to be lost before you can be found.
When I decided to step away from track and field after I finished competing, I had to mourn the loss of a sport that brought me so much joy. Back then, I felt like I was losing ALL of myself. I unknowingly put a lot of my identity into being a successful athlete and had to relearn who I was outside of the context of sport. At the time, I was willing to experience the discomfort and newness of personal growth because I needed a fresh start. My intuition knew this journey would bring me closer to who I was destined to be. But I couldn’t have done it on my own. I am grateful for the support of my family, friends, and mentors that helped light the way.
As of today, I am fortunate to be grounded in values that align with who I am. I am the happiest I’ve been in a while. However, it took me "losing" my outdated identity to seek opportunities in the unknown.
So, ask yourself, "What do you have to lose if you don't evolve?" Your answer will reveal the things in your life you are holding onto that no longer serve you.