Last week I decided to do something I haven't done in a REALLY long time. I decided to put my pasty white winter body into a swimsuit to swim laps at my neighborhood pool. I am not sure what possessed me but my poor joints had been aching from the cold weather and running/walking was not in the cards for me. Swimming it was! I set a goal to swim one whole mile. When I asked the lifeguard only to find out that a mile was 32 laps I became a little intimidated. I strapped on my goggles and slowly dipped myself into the cool pool. After about 5 laps I was definitely feeling it but I kept telling myself, "You can certainly do ONE more". And just like that, lap after lap, telling myself that I could do just ONE more I swam a whole 28 laps. There were points when I wanted to stop and just sit in the hot tub but I kept reminding myself that I could do it. I could keep moving forward. Sadly, I only completed 28 laps before the pool closed but when I left I felt invigorated. I was ready to return another day and swim a little farther an I had before.
Life has many setbacks. There are times when we feel like we are swimming in a sea of obstacles. Times when we don't know how we can go on. How we can make it. How we can come out victorious. But, as long as we keep moving forward we can get through anything. Sometimes moving forward might feel like you are moving at a snail's pace but it's more about the destination and direction than the speed.
The inspiring designer of our Design The Good 2016 contest, Lindsey Shipley of Lactation Link, knows what it means to keep moving forward. While battling cancer, she started a successful business of helping women all over the country. She knows what it means to be a fighter and to keep moving forward. She explains, "The shirt was designed for all of us! We will all have challenges - it's inevitable Some days will be great, others not so great. The most important thing is to 'keep moving forward' through it all, learning, experiencing, and empowering others. My cancer has come back twice in three years. Each time it reared it's ugly head I had a choice. Curl into a ball and quit, or keep moving forward! That doesn't mean it a hard and I didn't have bad days. But I chose to keep moving forward, regardless of the outcome. I actually started my business during chemotherapy. I found that connecting with and helping other women was healing for me. We all face those choices in our individual challenges, quit or keep moving forward?"
I love that this Keep Moving Forward graphic t-shirt acknowledges the challenges we all face. Big or small, we all will have them, and moving forward is always a good place to go.