Running is about the time during the race when your mind wanders to your own special world where no one can reach you or touch you, where you’re able to break down the barriers you never even knew existed, experience pain that you’ve never felt before, and feel the determination, the tenacity, the pure and simple commitment to yourself for success. It’s about when the voice inside your head that kept yelling, “I can’t” stops, and a new voice, a stronger voice, takes its place and whispers, “I can.” It’s about when the finish line is visible on the final straightaway, or when you hear them scream that you have one lap to go, and you search within yourself to give it every last bit of energy you have left.
The courage to not only dream, but reach for those dreams.
Risks, dreams, change. It all takes courage. To be honest, it leaves me feeling vulnerable and insecure in complicated ways. It is so exciting and exhilarating to have dreams and make changes. And, more often than not that fear I feel right before I take a risk is never realized. Even if I fail, I still learn from that choice and often it is for the better. So why do we have fear of change, taking risks, and realizing dreams? Where does that come from? What do you have if you don’t reach your dream? Do you keep trying? Do you grow into someone else and find a new dream? It takes courage to find out, to have that adventure. And to have that courage is absolutely incredible.