“Why would you wake up in the morning to run before going to work?”, a friend once asked.
Why would you run a marathon?
Why would someone run an ultramarathon?
Why do you run, dive, dance, and jump off cliffs?
Why do you take yourself to that extent?
What do you aim to find?
Why do we do the things we do?
What are our intentions?
My friends always think I am crazy. They don’t understand.
But when you go to like-minded communities, they cheer you on and think you are a star.
We all have 24 hours in our day. We can either sit in our comfort zone and do nothing, or we can stand up, open that door of possibilities, and become the person we aspire to be; To reach our potential, to conquer our fears, and to inspire.
Everyone has their reason. In the end, we live in a world defined by our choices. We choose to put in the work. We choose to play and have fun. We choose to run!
Well, I do what I do to challenge myself and see what I am able to achieve. To go beyond my abilities, and do what I have thought was difficult or impossible. I’d rather have a life of ‘Oh, wells’ than a life of ‘What ifs’.
I remember telling my younger brother when we were training in karate together during our second set of push ups “Don’t say I can’t. There is no “I can’t” in our dictionary.’ “ You can do it, and you will do it!”
I run to find myself, not to run from it. To become more present, in the moment. To feel alive, and free.
To all of you risk takers and believers, I understand.