You will recognize these three words, Just Do It, as Nike’s slogan, but they’re also the words I live by. For as long as I can remember, I have danced to the beat of my own drum. My beat was not always easy to follow and certainly not often appreciated by anyone else but me. I had my own set of rules that I lived by and, not surprisingly, this often caused friction. At a young age, I insisted on picking my own clothes and doing my own hair (and sadly I have pictures to prove it). I took ballet and figure skating classes when what I truly wanted to learn was karate and hockey. I wanted to do what I liked regardless of rules or consequences. Life was always clearly labeled for me: Just Do It. That meant making things better, faster, smarter. I questioned processes, rules, and norms. Yes, I was a challenge for my parents; they were no strangers to my teachers and principals. It wasn’t always easy to be my parent or sibling BUT life was always interesting. My ‘Just Do It’ attitude led me to new and exciting places including the rugby pitch, tennis court, windsurf board, water skis, and more. ‘Just Do It’ powered my first paying jobs — teaching tennis, teaching waterskiing, and teaching windsurfing. Catch a theme here? My ‘Just Do It’ attitude became my signature and I was compelled to pass it on. Teaching was my new passion. ‘Just Do It’ led me to teach others to ‘Just Do It.’ My hope was that I could pass along my passion for a sport or a skill to another. In turn, they would do the same, and so on, and so on, and so on. Proudly, I have taught many to play and love sports. One of my finest achievements to date was teaching my own children to windsurf, play tennis and throw an amazing spiral. Hopefully, they will do the same in the future and pass along that attitude to others.
Now, what about you – what are you passionate about? Why not pass on that passion? Go ahead, Just Do It!