In January I made the decision that I would not compete in the 2016 International Speech contest. The decision was based on my recovery from the heart attack. I was doing quite well on the recovery, but did not have the energy required to pursue a speech contest. I also knew that I would not go half-assed on the contest - I was either all in or not competing.
For the past 5 months I have fine with that decision. I didn't miss the contest, the prep, any of it.
I even started asking the question: Will I ever go back to this? Did I outgrow the contest?
Late last week, the answer hit me. I came up with my next speech idea, and I can't wait to compete in 2017.
Once I found the message I wanted to give - everything fell into place.
2017! Vancouver or bust!