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Life's Perfect Imperfection

by Alfred Schofield April 12, 2019

Life's Perfect Imperfection

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This is part 4 of a 5 part article series from our friend Rick Kleindeinst.  Rick is an endurance athlete, Iron Man, business man, and a Dad.  For the fourth installment, Rick reflects in the moment on his way to a competition.  Here, we see the insights into the commitment it takes to train competitively and how even the best laid plans can be disrupted by the twists and turns that life throws at you!
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Life is full of unexpected turns that take each of us through our journey in life.
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As we twist and turn down our own paths, it is important to take a pause and realize the growth experienced.
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I am writing this from 32,000 feet above the ground headed to Florida for what is to be the first of many Ironman’s this season.
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My preparation has been one of ups and downs, missed training days from pure stress and exhaustion.
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This is where I have come to terms with the impact twist and turns have on the journey. Feeling of frustration, overburden by the chores of life. Recently, I moved and had to deal with some unexpected things arise with work that could not be avoided, or could they?
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I do talk about balance and that is important to keep as a habit. It is in how you handle the situation in which is critically important.  As the amount of stress piled up with my move and my commitment to my training, I found myself in a downward spiral. 
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The impact of that downward spiral caused me to miss key training days and sacrifice spending time with loved ones.
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I am surrounded by so much good in life and support, I just sometimes do not realize it. Instead I shifted my focus on the twist and turns. The twists and turns that should make me want to grow, feel uncomfortable and learn. 
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Being at war with yourself internally is not something that has favorable outcomes.
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There are things that I am really good at doing, while other things not so much. I work to continuously improve, and believe that is not enough for some. I have to find peace in my life and move forward. Not let others be the dictators of my feelings and emotions.
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With that said I am going into this weekend eyes wide open to the challenge that is in front of me. Everything will still be there afterwards, of course.  
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In taking a pause, I am grateful for my new home, sharing it with the love of my life, having a great son and daughter, as well as being able to train. 
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In a flash, all that can be taken away and the loss will be so great that it is unimaginable. 
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I do not have a specific message or takeaway.
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You can interpret this as you may. One thing is certain, I am human, and being human does not make me or anyone else perfect.  So live your imperfections as they exist. So many times we hide behind them and do not even open Pandora’s box. 
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-Rick
Alfred Schofield
Alfred Schofield


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