In 2019 I embarked on cross country tour in search of 35 Unicorns. The plan was to visit 35 States, run a 5k during the week and half marathon on the weekends. It would be a mini-documentary while driving a Mini Cooper across the country and interviewing "Unicorns" aka ordinary people who were doing EXTRAordinary things within their communities. After two blown engines and a totaled vehicle after being rear-ended the dream would not become a reality. Nevertheless I persisted! That sounds good, but that's not the reality, I was disappointed and viewed it as a public failure.
The only person I shared the failed attempt with was my sister, I told her how I felt. I felt horrible. It was as if let those who believed in me down. I took some time to lick my wounds. All of the feelings that I experienced during the Unicorn Hunting Project were starting to resurface, because my car needed to be taken to the shop, and my driver's lic. had expired. Life happens to all of us, but its how we respond that matters. I put off airing this episode for months.
Recently, Jeri Villarreal has been reframing failure in here post and it resonated, I've been chewing on those words for a minute. Jeri said: "Remember that time you failed and it hurt so bad that it almost broke you? Then you told yourself that comforting lie to take away the pain, normalize the experience and explain away the painful result. Then, years later, the only thing that you remember is that lie you told yourself. It becomes your truth. It becomes the foundation that you base yourself upon. I've made it my mission to dismantle those lies at their foundation by purposefully doing the very thing that created it. By addressing the fear that started it all and overcoming the challenge, the lie falls away because it doesn't serve me anymore. That is how I make room for success in life. I remove those lies, those fear-based stories It is up to us to change our own narratives."
Jeri's words influenced me to jot down a few thoughts in am upcoming Medium post.
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