HOW DID YOU GET SO AWESOME?
(In honor of TMI Tuesday, because I’m sure there’s a gnarly story in there)
Ok, Jordan has demanded a real answer so here goes…
If I am in fact, awesome, then this is where it began. The summer of my 21st year I went on tour with a drum and bugle corps. That meant moving away from home for the summer. Leaving friends and family behind and traveling in a bus with 120 strangers for three months. We slept on gym floors. We rehearsed daily for 16+ hours in the heat, wind, and rain. We performed for packed stadiums of people almost every night. It was wonderful and awful, but I wouldn’t take any of it back.
Really what tour was about for me, was taking chances. Going somewhere that would challenge me mentally, physically, and emotionally every single day. It was here that I learned that what I thought was my best effort, wasn’t even close to my full potential. I learned to push through the mental barriers. To detach myself from the physical pain. To give more than I thought was possible and then to give a little bit more.
I broke out of my introverted shell and made friends that I still talk to 15 years later. Looking back, I now see that what I learned in drum corps prepared me to become a distance runner. Without these lessons learned at a young age, I don’t know that I would have completed a marathon. Corps taught me just how much of a badass I could be. And I have never forgotten.
The video clip above is of the 2011 Cavaliers. I didn’t march with this corps, but it is a nice example of the activity.
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