Remember when people actually watched and/or cared about Miss America?
I do. Or maybe this is just because I am from the south (Alabama then Tennessee) where pageants are “a thing.” Exhibit A: Toddlers and Tiaras.
During my formative years (maybe up until age 10), I watched Miss America with fervor and definitely practiced my winning wave (but who didn’t?). I thought long and hard about what my talent would be, and this was very problematic to a 7 year old who could not sing well nor sit still long enough to practice piano (talent was decided upon as gymnastics by my 7 year old self).
Anyways, anyone out there remember Miss America 1995? Heather Whitestone? Deaf contestant? Was a lip reader? Talent was ballet? From Birmingham, AL?She must have had some profound impact on my 7 year old self as I wanted to be Miss America for Halloween that year (slash Prom Queen — I couldn’t decide, so I was both).
I remember in her interview portion that she said she liked the word “American” because it ends with the words “I Can.” And, her message (or “platform” as they officially call it, I think) centered around something related to self-belief and the message that you can do anything you want to with hard work, perseverance, so on and so forth.
C’mon! Anyone remember this? Or is it just me?
I was reminded yesterday of Heather Whitestone when I was still stalled in my doubting Thomas stage re: the NYC marathon.
I wrote the following on an index card (some words highlighted, for extra nerdy effect) and placed it by my bed:
I am strong in body and mind.
I can do this.
For some reason, writing those words down made me feel more confident. I also wrote it in my Believe I Am training journal, for good measure.
That coupled with talking to the RC, my personal running anxiolytic, put me in better spirits. (RC: “Well, you know you can make it through a marathon and what its about?” Me: “I can? I do? Oh, right, I’ve done three of them. Right, got it” The RC is like my running Xanax) A bit more confident, even if sometimes I’m having to fake it ’til I make it.
But, there’s like 5 more weeks to train and build confidence, right?! Right. I can.
Two final things completely unrelated to this post:
1) Recessionista by Essie is my new favorite fall nail color
2) I applaud any of you who can stick to that Paleo diet . No peanut butter = no go for me.
TELL ME: WATCH MISS AMERICA? FAVORITE SELF-BELIEF STATEMENT? FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUME AS A KID?
Until next time…