I think it’s hard, not to say impossible, not to want to live up to the example set by our parents. Well it is with mine at least. While they’ve made mistakes, I still have high respect for a lot of things they did and do. Especially my Dad when it comes to the outdoors.
There are little sports that my Dad has not done outdoors. He is a mountain guide (not a mountaineering one, that’s different). Growing up he took us hiking, skiing, randonnée skiing, spelunking, canyoning, paragliding, snow-shoeing, climbing, sailing, you name it. As a child I loved it. As a teenager I rebelled and sat on my butt. I was done doing things every single freaking week-end.
But then I grew up a little more and hopefully got a little wiser. You can’t take a mountain girls out of the slopes. I fell back in love with hiking in the mountains. I do feel that it also has a lot to do with how my husband and I met and fell in love. The only reason I didn’t run away from him when I met him (we were being set up and I knew it) is because we shared a love of the mountains and had something to talk about.
Then two years ago I got hooked on running and never looked back. Weirdly enough it is not a sport I ever practiced with my Dad. I did in school up to 20mns bu that was that. Running was my thing.
Last week I got an email from my dad. It said
Incredible that you’re already ready for marathon! I always dreamed to run one… but never found the time to prepare and always feared for my knees…
It might sound silly to you, but I smiled and felt so incredibly proud of myself. I put myself in a place where my Dad wanting to be, but never was and may never be. Little me should achieve something my outdoors crazy father did not. Not only that, but I did it following my own path. With no pressure from my Dad. I didn’t even know until that email that he had an interest in marathon running.
I am not my Dad, I will not achieve what he did. But I am me, I follow my own path and will achieve great things when I put my heart, mind and body into it. Those two little lines made me feel proud.