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Julie Leth Blog: My #High5Moment

19th of April was National High-Five day. It got me thinking about celebrating the small wins in everyday life. When did you last high-five someone? I did it just a few days ago. I told myself, I would do 50 air-squats a day (just because…). My partner, Lasse, offered to do them with me. So we did. I am not going to lie. This is not a big work-out, it barely takes five minutes. Non the less, when we were done, we high-fived. Well, it was more like multiple high- and low-fives. I remember how it made me smile, and spread a bit of feel-good energy.  

While writing this blog, I called my sister, Pernille, to give her a verbal high-five for finishing a homemade present to a friend, and to ask her, what her take on high-fives is. Her last one was only a few days ago, when a friend of hers had finished an assignment. Turns out Pernille is bigger on high-fives than I thought. I asked her why, and she replied: “It is some sort of acknowledgement, a small applause, like: Well done, awesome – High-Five”. She also told me her and her best friend had a secret handshake in high school, which they used to celebrate the small wins(how cool is that?); “We can’t all be super cool cyclist, Julie. So I just have to celebrate the small things: Getting up early in the morning, getting a good grade, finishing a day at UNI.” 

She’s right. We don’t all get to win big races, or achieve big goals all the time. If we did, it would not feel as special anyway. So why only celebrate the big wins? You can get so far with a high-five, smile, or compliment. It will not change the World, but it might change someone’s day. It is all about allowing yourself, to enjoy those small victories, and celebrating the small victories of others. I believe the sense of achievement and success you get, when you get a high-five, gives you motivation to do it again.

A while back, I was out riding with a friend. He sat in my wheel, while I was doing an effort. As soon as I had finished, he rolled up next to me, said: “Good job, Leth”, and gave me a fist-bump (a cool kids high-five). I went on to win a few city limit sprints, and in general felt great the rest of the ride. I have done a lot of rides since then, but still I remember this one. So remember high-fiving your friends, for achieving those small everyday wins.

We are all different, but no matter, what your #High5moment is, celebrate it and keep spreading that positive vibe: Nailed your efforts – High-Five. Resisted having that ice-cream, even if you really wanted it – High-Five. Finished an assignment – High-Five. Mentioned your sister in your blog, because you know it makes her happy – High-Five. 

High-five me, for writing this blog!

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