Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Firsts

I know it’s late and Tuesday is almost over, but there’s still time for Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays and today is all about Firsts. After all, there’s always a First time for everything.

This weekend, I had the pleasure of watching several of my friends complete their First marathons here in New York. You always remember your first marathon. It’s usually the First time you’ve run that far. Maybe it’s the First time you’ve hit The Wall or found your third wind. It’s the First time you’re going to cross that big ‘ol finish line for sure.

I love cheering on First-time marathoners! Few runners are a excited to be out there, running their race and finishing as the First-timers. Their energy is both inspiring and contagious and I fully intend to carry all of that enthusiasm with me into my own marathon in less than two weeks (thanks, guys!).

It’s part of why I love my job as much as I do. As a personal trainer, I am regularly privileged to help people achieve many Firsts where their physical fitness, and sometimes their life, is concerned. It’s remarkably rewarding to help others succeed.

I wonder how many people out there get as much out of helping others as I do? I am a big believer in sharing my talents so that others might benefit from them, which makes lululemon a perfect fit for me and me for them! We’re always bouncing around ideas about how we can help our community through health and fitness. I’m thrilled to be a part of a company whose employees share my desire to affect change in the community.

So many people have helped me achieve Firsts in my life. There’s nothing quite like it and I can never thank each of them enough. Are there people who helped you through your First (insert proud achievement)? Have you been the one who inspired another to work for their First? You may have and you don’t even know it. We never really know how what we do can change the life of those with whom we have contact every day.

Whether it’s a marathon, a grade in a class, surviving the impossible, buying your first home, getting that dream job, Firsts are memorable. But someone helped you get there. Someone gave you the strength and the courage to take those First steps to reaching your goal. Don’t forget to thank them, too. You couldn’t do it without them.

That’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? Being inspired by others and inspiring those around us to reach beyond what they think they are capable of. To shoot for the Moon and wish upon the stars. Cheesy, yes. True, nonetheless.

Here’s to the Firsts. Thanks for reminding us that we can do anything we really set out to do. A fitting BTAT if I ever heard one.

Now go out and run!