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You Don’t Have To Keep Running

Seriously, it’s fine.

Yesterday I was out on a run around my neighborhood.

After spending the morning wincing at my computer screen, trying to shake off the pains banging around my head, I challenged myself to do something very simple.

Run to the top of the hill and don’t stop until you get there.

When I reached the top, I stood there for a moment, overlooking the sprawling hills and beautiful landscape only to wonder to myself.

Sh*t, did I really have to go that fast?

Like it or not, we’re all running around a lot.

Busy people obsessed with our busy lives, wearing our discomfort and total exhaustion on our shirts like a badge of honor. We go so fast, slowing down seems like we’re not really accomplishing anything.

Nowadays, my life operates at almost a standstill. Things move and then they stop. I spend more time listening to the world around me than I spend looking at a screen. I’ve tapped out exhaustion and put rest into the ring.

Yeah, imagine it: Rest.

I, like many others, have had an epiphany lately. I realized in my desperate attempt to run at life’s milestones, I’ve knocked over one too many pins.

Alright, no more metaphors.

What I’m trying to say is this:

“Remember, you have the capacity to choose. Choose life! Choose love! Choose health!”
- Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

I let myself go.

Think about the number of things you let fall to the wayside so you can achieve life’s dreams. You want good grades, so you cut off friendships. You want the promotion, so you work when you get home. You want the ring, so you only pursue the one ho will marry you.

Goals, as I’ve said before, are great. But are they worth the elimination of your spirit?

But more importantly:

Are they worth the emptiness of your soul?

Maybe if we climbed up our mountains steadily, we could have the energy to get back down at the end instead of, like me, passing out right when I reached the top. Maybe we should stop rushing success when success pulls us away from our humanity.

Look.

I’m just done racing. My guess is you are too.

With some things, I will fight until I’m the best. I want to go further than anyone else. But the last time I checked, it was the ones who were consistent and persistent, not out of breath, who finished first.

So I’m going to keep slowing the pace down a bit.

And I’ll greet you when you cross the finish line.