Of course it’s harder than just typing the words. Yeah, and it’s harder than walking into a shop, putting on a Tiara, and et voila! There I am, ROYAL! Oh I wish it was that easy. I also wish I could just “Bibbity Bobbity Boo” it into happening. But no, it’s been hard damned work becoming royalty. It’s hard damned work making a dream come true. But I can.
First let me explain. I’m not working on becoming a real honest-to-goodness House of Windsor Royal or some such nonsense. Er, no. Clearly, being born in Dandridge, TN as the descendent of German farmers and Irish horse thieves that’s pretty much not going to happen. Besides, the crown I’m seeking is far harder to attain. You see, I want to be a Disney Running Princess, with a RunDisney Princess Crown Medal around my neck, after I’ve run 13.1 miles through The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, and I even get to run through Cinderella’s Castle which is really a dream come true. It’ll be just like my first visit, when I was just a little kid and I skipped through those gates and up the street because I was so damned glad to finally be a part of the magic. And that’s what it is you know. Magic. And this Sunday, at the buttcrack of dawn, I’ll make that magic happen, and I’ll make this particular dream come true.
Because I can do that.
Yes, yes I really can. Even if I didn’t believe it when I first said the words. Even if I’ve had lots of doubts along the way. Even if it’s been harder than I ever dreamed possible to make this happen. Because making this “Can” happen started out as a dream. Something I didn’t even start turning into a plan until years after I first said the words. So it’s a dream that’s been a very long time coming indeed. But first it started as words spoken out loud in the sunshine way back in February of 2011, as I lounged by the pool at Disney’s Yacht Club on our yearly Anniversary visit. The dream came when I saw all of the happy and tired runners from that day’s Disney Princess Half Marathon partying on the sand, with their so shiny medals glinting in the afternoon sun. After first thinking “what a bunch of idiots” I immediately had another thought that was just ridiculous. Because that second thought I said out loud. And the words I said were “you know, I can do that”. And that small sentence? Those six words? They changed everything.
Those words were prescient, because those words, spoken four long years ago, have come true. Then I could not do this thing that I’m doing this weekend, but today I can. I can do it, I will do it, and truly it’s been worth every bit of the metric crap-ton of work I’ve invested, the gallons of sweat I’ve lost as I trained in the hottest summer we’ve had in years, and the laser beam focus than most ADHD people can never muster the energy to pull together in order to be able to do so. This weekend I will meet that long-delayed goal.
I will be a Princess.
A running Princess. A running princess who has run a long way from where she started when she first spoke those words. When she first began moving toward a nearly impossible goal from the most unlikely of beginnings. Because back when I said that? The furthest distance I could run was maybe one city block, if someone was chasing me with an axe, and they looked reasonably healthy. Last year I still couldn’t do it. I ran/walked the Royal Family 5k on Princess Weekend and I managed a 17 min. mile. And while that was definitely not great, it also wasn’t as bad as before. It was progress. And this Sunday I will realize that dream, with what I hope is something around a 13 min./mile. But whatever I finish with, it’s mine, I earned it, and it all began with that simple statement of “I can do that”.
Those words are damned dangerous. They can change your life.
For me though, making those words come true about this and my other goals of the last ten years means that I now know truly that I can accomplish anything. As long as I say those words. As long as I believe. As long as I work. Hard. As long as I do not quit. I can. And the lesson here for you guys is that you should never stop believing in your dreams… because only you can make them come true. You can do that.
I can do it.