Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What's your trophy?

As a kid growing up I spent my time playing soccer. Through my 15+ years of playing soccer I collected lots of trophies. Those trophies meant the world to me. Each one represented a part of my life, another success, and a feeling of satisfaction. I cherished those trophies. They had a certain place on my dresser and although they frequently gathered dust, I would always take a second to look at them and reflect on my accomplishments.

I've come to realize that even now, as a 27 year old, I still need trophies. No, not the trophies that I received as a kid. The ones with a big obnoxious looking soccer player on the top with a plaque and my name engraved on it. But I just need something to represent my accomplishments and make me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile.

Most people who know me, know that I am an avid runner. I don't really run in races. I don't compete against others. I run against myself, to make me feel good. The cool thing is, I don't have to run a race to get a trophy. I have many trophies from running. They are old, stinky, beat up, gross looking running shoes. Each pair of shoes that I have represents over 300 miles of running for me. Hours spent doing what I enjoy, competing against myself. All with a different accomplishment. I have over 10 trophies from running so far. Over 3000 miles accumulated doing what I love. Maybe they aren't displayed on my dresser and I don't frequently stop and look at them, but I know they're there representing different parts of my life, many successes, and lots of satisfaction.

The same holds true for my travel pictures. I cherish them dearly. Each picture represents a different place in the world where I once stood, a different culture embraced, and another moment in my life. I love all of my travel pictures. Unlike my running shoes, I do display them. They are hung ever so proudly on our apartment walls. Of couse they don't mean near as much to others as they do to me and that's okay. I don't expect them to. But those pictures, like my running shoes, represent a great part of my life that I hope I never forget. It's okay that I still need trophies. I'm proud of all of them. So I guess the question is, what's your trophy?

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