Hi guys, a couple of things happened this week that put me in a pondering, musing state of mind. Sorry if it gets a bit 'american self help guru' but while out acing my week 6 run 2 I consolidated my thoughts and want to share them with my c25k friends.
The first thing that happened was that a woman I knew died suddenly. She was 41 (only a couple of years older than me) perfectly fit and healthy and had 2 kids. Routine operation gone wrong, a freak thing noone could have predicted. As one usually does in the face of this kind of thing I started thinking about the shortness of life and the need to enjoy it etc. By no means a new revelation but this is where my head was when the second thing occurred.......
Now, this was only a small thing but because of what happened earlier in the week that it struck a chord. In the middle of what must fast be becoming very boring conversations for my poor husband, where I was evangelising about all things c25k he turned to me and said
'I am so impressed by your running and keeping to this programme, it shows real strength of character'
A lovely thing to say that left me temporarily speechless and a little teary. I thought I was just running around a bit, looking slightly less blob like admittedly, but still..........
So, this is what my musings on these things made me realise. I, no, we, spend a huge amount of time and energy feeling negative......... I can't run, I can't get fit, i look stupid etc........... But what we all have to remember when the negativity demons try to worm their way in is that WE ARE DOING IT!!!!!! We are getting up early or going out late and trying to make ourselves better. Doing this programme and going on beyond it means that we are taking life by the scruff of the neck and declaring our intention to wring more out of it.
It DOES show great strength of character. I am particularly talking to those of us who are really plagued by the negativity demons. We have lots of lovely 'up' people like danzargo and miles_yonder who seem unstoppable in their amazing positivity. I myself am very positive (most of the time). But sometimes I think we all need reminding that we are doing a brilliant, life affirming thing!!!! Every time you think you can't do it, the next run is too scary, people are laughing and all the other old tosh we let in on difficult days, remember that.
Here endeth the lesson