I like to think I'm a make-it-happen kind of gal when it comes to most things.
Life kind of happened before I could figure out where I was going. It wasn't until later that I took the initiative to get my college education. I supposed nobody was going to give it to me. Could I be a young wife and mother, work full time and go to college full time? I could! I did! I went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude.
My doctor still laughs about how she knows better than to tell me I can't do something. She figured out I will do my best to prove you wrong. (She swears she is putting me in her book of memoirs.) I took the initiative to find out why I wasn't having successful pregnancies and if I could be fixed. This required time, procedures, and multiple surgeries to diagnose and then correct the problem. With the help of an amazing and persistent doctor, it finally worked! We were blessed with two more kids, only two years apart, in my mid thirties. Wow. That was a crazy time.
When one door closes, you pry the window open yourself. After getting the news my division was closing, I took the initiative to start it over, from scratch, with another parent company! Huh, and when that institution decided to close it 5 years later, I did it again with a private investor. It is now more successful than it's ever been. Take that, corporate decision makers.
I was running mostly on the treadmill with an occasional outdoor weekend run with the dog. But, I wanted something more. I was intrigued by the endurance required of a long distance run. I did not know one runner, except for my sister living way across the country. Although there would be nobody nearby to advise and encourage me, I took the initiative and registered for a half marathon. There was a lot of hard work and plenty of trial and error. (I laugh when I think of the bananas and granola bars I took to the park because I read somewhere I should refuel. Ha Ha.) It paid off and I was rewarded with one of the best days ever!
After 36 half marathons, it was (is) time to prove to myself I could run a marathon! I took the initiative and signed up for the full. And with a confusion of circumstances, I signed up for another one. This story to be continued...
No, I can't say that I take the bull by the horns in everything single thing that I do. Being completely honest -- when fatigue sets in, I tend to be a quite a bit less make-it-happen and wish someone else would do it for me. And then something very important or interesting comes along and I once again realize... It Will Not Happen Unless You Make It Happen!
Do you always make it happen?
Give me some examples of initiative in your life!
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