“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”

21 Sep

One year and eleven months ago I decided to email David about Crossfit Defined.

(this picture was taken about a month and a half after I joined CFD-much love Sutor)

I was in a rut. I had just ended a five year relationship, moved to the city and didn’t know many people. I was stuck in the routine of a fairly new job, working long hours- I needed a change, I needed something to spice up my life, I needed a new community of people, new friends, and new atmosphere to surround myself with. So I went a limb, put myself out there and built my door of opportunity.  I’m pretty sure it is on the list of top 5 best decisions I’ve ever made.  My life flipped upside down in the best way possible and there was no looking back.

I am where I am today because of that door. And these two =) (and all of the other amazing people that have come into my life from CFD-I don’t know what I would do or where I would be without all of you!)

It was pretty unlike me, at that time in my life, to ‘make the first move’ if you will, be assertive, but I did and it changed my life. I have been blessed with wonderful opportunities and meant so many amazing people- I am so thankful for that. With that being said, I am a believer in making things happen for you self. There are times when we are lucky and doors are placed in front of us and all we need to do is walk through it, but on the other side when there isn’t one-you can’t just sit there, get out those tools and build yourself one!

I think there comes a time in everyone’s life when you think to yourself, ‘this is not who I want to be, or what I want to be doing (right? Maybe not but there was definitely a time for me like that haha) and it’s okay to have that realization, in fact, it’s the best thing you could allow yourself to do.

It happens to me on all levels too.  Not just big life decision but even little ones in CF like “Laura, you’ve only been Crossfitting for a year and a half, you are young and have a long future. It’s okay that you can’t snatch 185lbs yet.” I tend to want my goals to happen NOW. I tend to be a bit impatient and CF has taught me that hard work and dedication will pay off, you just have to give it time.  So sometimes  if you do build a door and start to walk through, know that sometimes it’s a long hall way after and there is light at the end of it, it just might take a little while to reach it.

Life is about creating yourself, be creative today. Take a step in creating the life YOU want to live and in becoming the person YOU want to be.



3 Responses to ““If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door””

  1. laurenp9 September 21, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Another great post! You freak me out sometimes with how much I feel like I’m reading about myself! I’m def not an assertive person, lol. I’m totally at THAT point right now (this is not who I want to be, or what I want to be doing). It happens at different points in people’s lives I guess. Thanks for helping me realize it can be a blessing in disguise.

    • lmurphy1017 September 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      It is definitely a blessing in disguise Lauren. You were meant to do big things! And when you figure out exactly what you want to be doing you are going to be great at it-I know it. Patience though =) See you soon!

  2. Adam September 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Remember folding towels in that basement gym? I cleaned out my desk the other day and found my little notebook where I wrote down my made up crossfit workouts to do on Fridays when only one random dude was on the elliptical until 10 minutes after we were supposed to close…. oh those were the days. I’m glad things are going so great for you, I’m going to be spending a lot more time in Chicago for work now so I’ll be sure to contact you and we can get some lunch. I enjoy reading this, keep it up!

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