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The Old Blueprint has given me a real shot in the last 10 days or so. As much as I would like to tell you different, I went ahead and jumped right on in, too. I would also love to be able to tell you that I handled it rearing its ugly head with equanimity. However, that would be a lie.
Of course, the whole drift started with some insignificant items, one being a small tiff with a former co-volunteer, who was inconvenienced by something I did differently than he might have, a couple of frustrating and completely illogical time consuming breakdowns; one being my internet service and the modem I use, another a seeming meltdown of business processing at an otherwise reliable source. Add some very minor family drama and an incipient lecture from a completely unqualified and ignorant self-appointed authority (whose ministry I avoided, at least I didn’t sign up…
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I prepped all my stuff tonight that I didn’t mail ahead of time for my big 24 hour race this weekend. I head out tomorrow for the race and I am ready as I can be for it. My goal is to go beyond 63 miles for this race because it is actually kind of a training run for my favorite and big goal race in May, but I am not tied to the outcome so much. Hell, I mean the journey to get here alone is life and body changing. If I hit my goal……AWESOME……….if I don’t……….AWESOME. I put the work in for this and should be able to get it but stuff happens in life and running but knowing that I did my best and kept my promise to train and get to the starting line means the most of all. Which brings me to the most wonderful discovery of all.
- I/We are capable of so much more than we think at a particular point.
I am doing this, I did the training, and I used to be just some dude that never exercised and ate fast food all the time. Don’t believe me, check this out. I started at some point not ever having run before and had no idea that I could do this but I worked hard for my future self so that he could be the best he could be. I know you may not want to run 25, 50, 63, or 100 miles but what DO you want to do. I bet that you can do far more than you think right now. Just chip away at your vision……..your goal, with an open heart that keeps the ultimate goal of personal growth as the foundation. YOU CAN DO THAT THING YOU DREAM OF!
You can check out a little more about how I stay mentally tough in life, training, and this race here.
Most of you would probably laugh if you could hear what song I was listening to. I only know of one person who knows the song other than me. HAHAHAHA.
Anyway, I am in a place I never would have dreamed I would be. Tonight, I have found comfort in that there are many of you who are at a place where you never thought you would be right now. Life happens, things get all out of hand, and then the dust settles around you while you think, “Damn!!! What the heck happened”. HAHAHAHA. Sometimes we do this to ourselves and sometimes others do it to us. As I showered tonight I pondered on the similarity of experiencing an affair and obesity. I found one common thread, they lead you to a moment in time where you are in a place you never thought you would be. This is how it goes. We eat and we grow and we eat and we grow. We never dreamed of one day being BIG or FAT or CHUNKY! That is not what we aspired to. Nor did I dream or hope for what I went through. I guess I am just trying to say that I had a tiny revelation that me, you, people, often times find themselves not being the person they wanted to be. Or maybe just being the person they didn’t want to be. Or one day we might just have this tiny moment where we see with such clearity that we know we aren’t where we are at but we also see that there is a way to where we are going.
Right now is right now. We are here. What can we do about then! THere is so much hope. There is so much promise for our futures. There will still be many more valleys, and mountains, and hurts, and a pains. But we don’t need to eat over them. We don’t need to give up over them. If you find yourself in the wrong painting or in a circumstance of life that is not anywhere near what you dreamed of, do not give up hope. You may be big right now. That is ok!!! You are you! And I know you don’t want to be big but it will take time. It is going to be ok. THis can be done. You are in a place and now you are going to a place. A new place.
I love Pink Floyd. I was listening to Comfortably Numb today and it hit me that me, people in general, stop dreaming. Towards the end of the song the lyrics say “The child is grown the dream is gone”. Since I have been working deep into my first week of my MKMMA scholarship, I have really been putting a lot of thought into my dreams, my life’s vision, and what my purpose is. It hit me pretty hard that most people stop dreaming when they are very young.
Can you remember what you wanted to do when you were a kid? Can you remember when you would do new things it if you messed up there was nothing to be embarrassed about? Can you remember when you believed that things would be ok and you were not “weighed down” with all kinds of negativity and bad thinking?
Well I can. The lyrics rang true that often times when the child is grown the dreams are gone. What if you could have your dream of running? What if you could have your dream of being the person you know you really want to be inside? EVERYTHING starts with a dream, with a thought…………..Just some food for thought
Today I was just in a funk. Finished off a great training week with 10 hours out there on the road. It was tough but it felt really good to make progress in my conditioning. Often times what happens after such a physical output is that I get bummed out the day or two after I finish it. I don’t like that but it seems to come with the territory. I accept it………I just wanted to spout off about it to get it out there in the open so that I don’t keep dwelling on it like it is some kind of bad thing that reflects bad on me. Like something is wrong with me or whatever. So I am here to say to myself that I am OK, I am doing the right things, and I am achieving my goals