This quote from James Dean couldn’t be more appropriate for today. I’m stepping away from my normal ra-ra rough and tough theme because I have to. As I was reviewing the CrossFit site as I do every morning I came across the photo of Amanda Miller, I couldn’t forget her from last year’s games because she has some sweet as* ink, and then I saw July 16, 1985 – April 23, 2010 and my stomach dropped. Couldn’t be…. Of course I started clicking links, and sure enough this beautiful inspiring woman had passed from Cancer.
I literally started fighting back tears at my desk. I’ve never met Amanda, but yet I am so touched by her passing. This time last year she was competing in the games, and now….
With Regional’s less than 2 weeks away I’ve been so stressed about doing well, not letting my gym down, eating right, getting enough sleep etc. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday stresses that I lost sight of the truly important things like; I’ve got the chance to compete, I’ve got the health to compete, I’ve got an amazing support system and that’s what truly matters at the end of the day. Not qualifying, not being the best, but appreciating what and who you have around you while you’re doing it.
Thank you Amanda for helping me stop and appreciate all that I have around me, you’re truly inspiring.
Amanda Miller July 16, 1985 – April 23, 2010
Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today – James Dean