Denise DuBois: Twenty seconds of courage can bring great things

On Saturday, I overcame my nerves and went to my first-ever powerlifting competition – just to watch. I’ve been powerlifting for almost two years. I never had the thought to compete when I started. But after you’re able to lift a certain amount of weight, your mind takes you there.

I told myself when I could deadlift 315 pounds, I’d think about competing. That day came. My nerves got the best of me, and I decided that I needed more time to get stronger. After telling myself that for a few months, I decided it was time to see what competition was all about and I’m thrilled to say that it was nothing like what I expected.

Everyone cheers for the lifter on stage. There are ten people surrounding the lifter so it doesn’t really feel like you’re there in a spotlight all alone. It was great.

Now, I’m hooked. I’m ready for the platform. I’m ready to hear “bar is loaded.” I’m ready for my family to finally see the strong, fierce side of me that has developed these last two years. I’m ready to compete and feel my heart race. I’m ready to overcome those nerves. I’m just ready.

If you’ve been thinking about doing something that’s nerve-wracking lately, but you’re still a little scared to take the leap, I say take it! It’s never as scary as we make it out to be. In the movie “We Bought a Zoo,” Matt Damon says my favorite thing, ““You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it.”

So here’s to everyone having 20 seconds of that kind of courage to see what great thing happens.

Email me at ddubois@citizenea.com.