Instagram post by @iamjenvigil Jen Vigil Fitness

The moment you make the decision to step into your power…
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That was my reminder last night while watching the new Netflix Documentary, Losers. The series tells the stories of athletes whose careers were largely defined by falling just short of victory. .
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Watching French figure skater Surya Bonaly was both heart wrenching and inspiring. .
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Spending her youth, sacrificing everything to compete in a world that refused to recognize just what a powerful athlete she was. .
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She didn't look like the others. She didn't skate like the others. .
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Watching this young athlete try and try again to please the judges. To win their approval. And yet repeatedly falling short. .
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That even when she succeeded in toning her athleticism down and performing flawlessly the artistry and flow that was expected of the sport…it was still not enough. .
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And that's the moment she said enough. .
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She decided that despite being a highly competitive athlete, that she would not conform. .
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She was never going to look like the others. She was never going to skate like them. So she gave herself the gift of freedom. .
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She made the decision to skate from her heart. And for herself. .
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And while it didn't earn her a gold medal, it did win her the hearts and admiration of so many people. .
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Opening doors that I'm sure she didn't know where even there. .
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It left me with the feeling of how so many of us waste time making decisions based on what others think of us or what we "should" do. .
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How you should spend your day. How you should show up on social media. What your body should look like. .
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Here's the thing….we are all different. .
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What sets each of us apart from the crowd IS what makes us special. .
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There's no power in trying to conform to other's standards. .
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When we can learn to lean into individuality, tapping into our own inner knowingness and acceptance, we give others permission to do the same. .
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Here's to leaning in and standing out. .
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Happy Friday 😊

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