Here we are in a new year, and I am again struck by how quickly the time passes when you have kids at home and a busy life spinning in your head. The 2016 outdoor spring track & field season will be here before I know it and building on 2015 successes, (and a new coach, more about that later) it should be a great year.
In 2015, I became a "national champion" for the first time ever, at age 55, and I passed my USATF Level 1 coaching certification. I'm not sure how I'll use it yet, but I am now a certified track & field coach. Frankly, it was a tough thing to "go back to school" and then study for, and pass, a 150-question test. But, there's a goal completed. Boom.
But enough about 2015. Now to plan for the year ahead. I truly believe the older you get, the better you get. And, I am a planner and an organizer (Hello, excel spreadsheets!). But, with a fascination for anything historical, a B.A. in art history and a genealogist for a mom, I can't help but enjoy looking back. What happened before? How did it contribute to how we are now as a person, a family, a city, a country? There's so much to learn when you reflect, but, I do know in my heart that too much looking back can't be helpful. One can get stuck, churning with shoulda-couldas. Have you ever met those types of people? I WILL myself to learn from experiences, add the corrections to my navigational chart for life and then turn on my heel and move forward. It's a little out of my comfort zone, but so is jumping backwards, over a bar, at full bore.
Actually, I had two pictures from a recent track workout to add to this blog. Me running ahead (above), or running back, and I chose the running ahead to push me to do exactly that. Look ahead. Keep moving, don't look back, open the curtain and step through.
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.