“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” 
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

When I moved to Japan, I wanted and needed a fresh start.  I wrote out all my fears and I attached specific goals to challenge each of those fears.  I know the scratches and bruises that fear has left in my own life.  I know a lot of pain had to do with a lack of confidence and self-belief.  Someday, I will talk about my motivation and reasons for wanting to do an ironman race, but today, I want to simply touch on the topic of “confidence” and “self-belief”

Creating The Sound of Little Feet is one step I am taking to help support those who are living with childhood trauma to become more confident and gain a real sense of “self-belief” and “purpose”.    I used the recent ironman 70.3 race that I participated in to walk the talk and challenge my own self-limiting beliefs that I feel are holding me back in life and as a way to raise some money to send a couple children living in institutional care homes to a uniquely designed summer camp created especially for them that is focused on building self-confidence.  

I used the ironman challenge as the launch of what I hope will become an annual event for The Sound of Little Feet to raise money and awareness about the long-term effects of low self-esteem and self-belief that children living in institutional care homes carry with them into their adulthood if they are not given opportunities as a child to challenge and break-through their self-limiting beliefs and perceptions about themselves, others and life.  I look forward to talking about this topic in more depth over time as The Sound of Little Feet moves forth.

The ironman race was an amazing experience for me.  I hope to use this experience and share its power with others and with children who I hope will also experience the unique strength one feels crossing finish lines.  Here is to facing our fears together, crossing many finish lines and empowering ourselves and others in our life.  

In this race with you,


Matt MillerComment