No, I haven’t decided to start adding food to my blog. I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite quotes lately. I know you are impressed by the deeply profound quote, “Remember, it’s only cupcakes”, but stick with me for a minute. The quote itself comes from the TV show, “The Great British Baking Show”. I know, still impressing you…
Let me give you the run down in case you haven’t seen the PBS show. In my book, it is a good show. I can watch it with my kids and ALL of them like it. To spare the details, it is a baking competition, but what distinguishes this show from the others, is that the contestants compete against each other, and respect and genuinely like each other. The judges criticize the “product”, but NOT the person. No one is mean. Contestants leave week by week, often with teary eyes, emotionally exhausted. They regularly send off contestants with group hugs and verbal reminders of their accomplishments as a baker, and adages to “keep baking”. One week one of the hosts consoled a distraught baker, who was crying over her elimination with a hug and the comment, “Remember, it’s only cupcakes”. Those simple words really stuck with me. “Remember, it’s only cupcakes.”
Just because you are leaving the show, it does not mean you aren’t talented.
You are not defined by that particular batch of cupcakes.
Don’t let one “off” day define you.
Several days later I was coaching my junior high girls cross country team. As usual, the girls were very nervous on the starting line. So much so, that my daughter, Lily, actually started to cry. (She often is a bundle of nerves before a race, and just like her mom, tears are how it shows…). This is where my job gets challenging. I wear two hats here, Mom, and coach. On this day, before I even “thought” about it, I gave her a hug, and said, “Remember, it’s only cupcakes”. She started to giggle beneath the tears, and I said, “It’s true, right?” She nodded, and then it was time for the starting commands.
I have since repeated this quote to myself numerous times, including the starting line at Indy. “Remember, it’s only cupcakes.”
I am not defined as a runner by one “off” work out.
I am not defined as a runner by one race.
I am not defined as a runner by my times, or paces, or races run.
I am defined as a runner, because I RUN.
“Remember, it’s only cupcakes”.