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What is your Antarctica?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Earlier this month I read the most amazing blog entry by Kristin Armstrong - http://milemarkers.runnersworl
d.com/2007/12/your-antarct
ica.html about the book Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox.

The blog inspired me to check out the book from the library. Because I was so awed by the book I just bought it.

I'm not a swimmer. But I easily relate to endurance events. When Lynne Smith told Kristin's book club how she deals with the cold water... "It's pain. You just have to get used to it and eventually stop fighting it."

Wow. Obviously that could apply to physical pain of a race. But it could also mean so much more: struggles at work, with family, etc.

It also opens up a broader question: do I need to examine and move past my comfort zone? Am I pushing to my edge and going beyond? Am I living an authentic life? What is my Antarctica?

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RUTHXG 1/1/2008 2:34PM

    What an evocative question! I love it. I think I have two "Antarcticas" at present: (1) daily exercise (I'm not an early-morning person, but that's my only good exercise time) & (2) working on illustrations for my picture book (a lot of fear/resistance because I'm not a professional illustrator--will what I do be good enough?). Yet those are two challenges that hold MAJOR potential rewards for me. I'm going to dive deeper into that "cold water"!

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PJFUNNYBUNNY61 1/1/2008 2:20PM

  Wow, what a cool thread. It totally touched me. Now I have to figure out, "What is my Antartica?" Thanks for sharing.

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