If you think running is just another way to burn calories, then you’ve either never really tried it or just never really understood it.
The act of running teaches you that pain is temporary but victory is infinite and that all those limitations you’ve placed on yourself were WRONG. It makes you one of the privileged few who gets to witness and ENJOY sunrises and sunsets regularly; it makes you cognizant of your surroundings and appreciative of nature. It helps you create friendships and strengthens the ones you already have. It simultaneously winds up your battery AND burns off a little bit of the crazy lurking inside of you. It takes you places you never thought you could go, both physically and emotionally.
If you don’t believe that humans can FLY, then you’ve never really run.
Sorry I have left you for so long, my friends. I have had so many amazing changes occur in my life and I’m excited to fill you in! I have a new career, new amazing friends to share my life with and new goals to achieve.
I’ve continued to run and feel that I’ve gotten stronger. This summer, I have kept my schedule pretty regular. I have treated myself to several recovery walks along the ocean afterwards and these pictures are from my greatest of discoveries while on one of these walks… a baby sea turtle making its way back to the ocean.
It’s brothers and sisters had left it much earlier in the day and it was stumbling around trying to figure out which way to go. So precious and tiny!
When I posted this on Facebook, a friend of mine informed me that turtles traditionally represent peace in one’s life. How fitting that I should see this now. I am happy and at peace… there are so many adventures to look forward to in the upcoming months. I can’t wait to find my way to the ocean and experience the successes of all my efforts!
I’ve been working very hard in recent months to “come back home.” What I mean by this is not entirely clear, sometimes. Even to me.
I supposed “home” is not a place but, rather, a state of being in which you are most comfortable, most content and most yourself. As children, once we are old enough to process and give meaning to the world around us, we begin to define ourselves in relation to this world and not in relation to what we innately are.
I’ve allowed the criticism, selfishness, carelessness and even the well-intentioned opinions of others to make me stray. I have allowed these things (as it is only natural for all humans to do) to shape me, to make me uncomfortable in my own skin, to make me sad, frustrated and inauthentic to myself…
But I’m ready to create something that is great from within and for myself so that I may share it with the world. Like a shooting star, I’m going home. 🙂