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Confession: This last weekend I peed my pants. No, really, I peed my pants. I am a 31 (almost 32) year old adult and I peed my pants like a potty training kid.
Take a moment and imagine what it would take for you to pee your own pants.
I’ll tell you what happened to me.
I was in Michigan running my 28th Tough Mudder and on Saturday we did 3 laps which equates to roughly 33 miles and 60 some obstacles. On the final lap, towards the end, there was an obstacle called Arctic Enema. It’s just as bad as you might imagine. There is a huge dumpster full of water and topped off with a ton of ice. You slide down a caged slide so you end up submerging your head. When your head surfaces, you are so cold you don’t know what to do. Then you have to run forward, jump over a board, and run/walk to the other side and jump out.
I have done this obstacle numerous times and usually the result is freezing body from head to toe followed by a thaw where every part of your body relaxes and recovers from the shock of the cold.
This time was different. I went down the slide, jumped over the board, ran out of the dumpster and froze.
When my body started to thaw I panicked and thought “OH MY GOSH……I CAN’T HOLD MY BLADDER.” I didn’t know what to do. So I started to walk and realized – I really can’t do this.
The rest of the situation went something like this:
My tough mudder running partner Jessie says “Just pee your pants – you’re almost to the finish.”
Me: No, I can’t.
Jessie: Yes you can. It’s good for Worlds training when you are going to have to pee in your wet suit. (*Worlds is a 24 hour continuous Tough Mudder event we are doing in November).
Me: No, I can’t. Ok, it’s happening.
Jessie: Laughing so hard she’s crying.
Me: With a look of shock and awe I realize that I am grown adult who has just peed her pants. And because I’m not used to peeing and standing – I went over to a tree and squatted. But I still had pants on.
Seriously. I peed my pants.
Luckily, a short mile later I was able to change out of my clothes and rinse off with a hose.
I don’t tell you this story to embarrass myself. I tell you this so you won’t feel embarrassed when something funny happens to you. Embrace the moment. Go with the flow (ha!). And let life happen. If something crazy happens to you – just remember – it will be funny later. Some things in life are simply uncontrollable.
I also tell you this because the MC of Tough Mudder always starts the event with this quote “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” I promise you that I have never peed my pants in public. NEVER.
Tomorrow is never guaranteed so I beg of you to ask yourself: (quote from Sean Corvelle – MC at Tough Mudder)
“When was the last time you did something
for the first time?”
Now go out and DO THOSE THINGS.