The Redemption Hat

Redemption Hat

I have a *slight* obsession with 🧢 these days {or as I fondly call them, sweat catchers} but THIS one right here is LOADED with meaning. Of redemption. Of being told I could no longer do something, but finding my way back. And of throwing away the fiercest of excuses once & for all.
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I didn’t know Wildflower would be my last race way back then. I was a training captain in talks to increase my role with the team for the next season, but the moment I crossed that finish line my lungs felt like a raging fire.... and I never got back on my bike again. My wetsuit sat in my closet for years until it started to disintegrate. It crushed me, as I had no idea why my hips & knees were in pain and my lungs were so inflamed. 
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I had no clue at 26 that even though I looked fit, my nutrition was WAY off & my body wasn’t strong enough to sustain all the stress I put on it- both physically & professionally. I hadn’t yet learned how to communicate with her. So a 10 year detour led me to heal, and now it’s a whole new ballgame.
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And that light though 😍 My town has 50+ miles of running trails & I’m starting a mission to find all the secret spots, where it’s pretty clear God likes to hang out and give out presents of breakthroughs & happy tears ☀️🌈⚡️
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So this is my Redemption Hat. To remind me of where I came from, and what’s still possible. And who knows, maybe you’ll be seeing me at the finish line of the same triathlon next year if it feels right. If I feel strong. And if it feels just edgy enough to be the right challenge at the time 👊🏻
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What’s your version of a Redemption Hat? What can you use that once was a source of pain that can now be a source of inspiration?