As a young child my brother and sisters and I would come up with names that went with our names.
My brother Ben’s initials were BLT – so naturally we called him a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. My sister Jessica Rose was JRT – so we called her a junkie rose tank [cause that makes perfect sense – right?]
Mine were DLT – somehow this was a McDLT – I didn’t like being compared to a hamburger about as much as I am sure my sister liked being a junky rose tank.
DB means Dorothy Beal but also DREAM BIG to me. It’s how I came up with my tagline DREAM BIG RUN LONG. DB – my initials – RL – the middle initials of my children [Raine, Lincoln, River].
I wanted to list out things that started with D that could describe me and my running. Words that could help me when I am feeling weak during a marathon.
I told myself that the best word to describe me is DREAMER. I dream a dream – like running under 4 hours and I make it happen. Then I dream BIGGER – qualify for Boston – and I make it happen. Then I dream again – run under 3:30 – and I make it happen. I keep dreaming and dreaming and dreaming and making my seemingly impossible dreams come true.
A light bulb went off in my head last night.
DTB – Dare To Be. [Dorothy Thoburn Beal]
I want to live my life every day – Daring To Be ME knowing that being me is enough.
It’s important in life to be an authentic version of yourself rather than to trying to be a copied version of someone else.
What word[or words} that go with your initial[or initials] can you find to describe yourself or your running?