Thursday, 9 July 2015

Do your thing

One of the biggest (and less pleasant) lessons I've learnt to date, both in running and in life, is to do my own thing.  Let me explain:  

I've been running on and off for most of my life and, sadly, discovered somewhere along the way that getting up at the crack of dawn to run around in the freezing cold isn't everybody's idea of fun (what the hell, right?  Haha!).  I remember those late Sunday night hostel room conversations in school where someone would bring up the idea of starting a running programme and how everybody - me included, of course - would excitedly chime in and plan to meet at 05:00 a.m. the next morning for a group run.  But, temperatures would drop and all-night cramming sessions would catch up with everyone and yes, you've guessed it: No one would show up for the run.  Womp, womp.  Man, how I wanted to run with everyone.  

And so it is for so many things: We want so badly to share the things we're passionate about with the ones we love, but they're just not always as excited about it or into it as we are.  And that's okay.  I guess that's just the thing about our big dreams: They're ours and ours alone.  We alone can make them happen.  Sure, there are cheerleaders and supporters along the way (and, boy, are they awesome - whoop!), but, in the end, we and we alone can decide to put in the hard work and then do it.  No one else.


My cheerleaders.

So here's my lesson: Want to change your life, be active and get fit?  Lace up your shoes and run even if no one joins you.  Want to eat a healthy diet and take good care of your body?  Do it even if the rest of the family rolls their eyes.  Want to travel the world?  Do it even if no one joins you.  Want to [fill in the blank]?  Just do it.  Only you can make it happen.  Your soul will be happy and, guess what?  You'll meet some pretty amazing people with dreams similar to yours in the process.  

Do your thing

       

6 comments:

  1. Great post, I have learned this lesson too. I do many activities alone and, as you wrote, sometimes I meet amazing people (including my family).

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    1. Thanks, Stefano! Good to hear that others have had the same experience and so happy to hear that your family sometimes joins you in living your dreams!

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    1. Happiness, right?! Thanks, Christy - happy weekend! :)

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  3. I can totally relate to being passionate about something and wanting to share it, but others aren't as excited. But you're right - is it okay! I'll keep on doing my thing :)

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    1. I used to skip runs when no-one wanted to run with me and was SO miserable... Now I just do what I need to do and I couldn't be happier :)! x

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