“All I need is a really great story” I remember exactly where I was when I uttered these words. It was 1999 and I was pursuing my Ph.D. in sport & exercise psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. I was with my colleague Pat and we were attending a speaking event associated with the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship, The Tournament of Hearts. The speaking event was held in the hockey arena, that at the time could seat about 4000 people, and it was a packed house. Daniel Eugene ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, was the speaker we had come to hear.
In thinking about what to post tonight, the Beatles tune "With a Little Help From My Friends" has been in my head all day. This post is dedicated to you -- the people who are in my life. It's May 31st. I have been pursuing a goal to exercise everyday for the month of May to raise money and support for those who are living with Cancer (including their family members). This goal was important to me to achieve, because my father, George Hoar, passed away 5 years after living with the disease (off and on) for 14 years. In honor of him and the values that he and my mother helped to instill in me (and my siblings), I've attempted to raise $500 for this cause. The challenge was called Workout to Conquer Cancer.
When I was 13 or 14 years old, my mother came into my room with a book that she had purchased for me. The title of the book was “Taming Your Gremlin” by Rick Carson. I remember the book, not because I actually read it, but because of the title. I remember thinking that my mother was crazy. I did not have something in me and I certainly did not ‘get in my own way’ towards success. I was a figure skater who needed to perform day in and day out if I wanted to get to the top.