Life is funny. Some days I get so absorbed into my work that the day feels as though it flashes by in an instant. Other days I swear I feel every second of every minute tick by so slowly on the surface of my skin that I can’t help but long for my moment to escape from my office, breaking free like a caged animal who has been locked up for far too long.
More often than not this year I have found myself feeling overworked, overwhelmed and in a constant state of irritation and agitation. Every day that I laced up my running shoes and ultimately found myself standing in a puddle of my own perspiration, I found myself again, like bumping into an old friend for the first time in ages.
Exercise, physical activity, movement, namely running is what brings me back to my
equilibrium. It keeps the fire inside me alive and crackling, the very same fire that ignites my creativity and desire to excel in my career. My running habit has equipped me with the ability to dig deep enough to be the best version of myself, the best daughter, wife, sister, friend, employee and citizen I could possibly dream of being. Many don’t understand this phenomenon, I don’t expect them too, all I ask is they respect my joy.
I don’t run to lose weight, or so I can fit into a certain clothing size, or so I can feel confident in this summer’s hottest bathing suit trend like all of the women’s health and beauty magazines claim are my every need and desire. Running is so much more than an exterior appearance. I run because I can, because I was blessed with strong legs, clear lungs and a healthy heart. I run because it would be an absolute crime to waste such a blessing by remaining sedentary. I lace up my Nikes because when my feet rhythmically take turns kissing the pavement on a run, I am living, dreaming, discovering, and on the most special of days, I swear I’ve taken flight.
Today and all the days remaining in my life, I hope to never lose sight of my fundamental reasons for running. I hope I always remember that no matter what struggle I am facing, that hope, joy, freedom and perspective are only a run away.
Why do you run?