“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
—Wayne W. Dyer
I know it seems a bit contradictory, but running is a place for me to rest. I have several places and people in my life where I can rest. And when I mean rest, I’m talking about taking a break from the troubles of everyday life—the surprise medical bill I received a year and a half after treatment, the worrying about where my life may be headed, of all the things I believe I have to do. LIFE.
Running is a place to rest from LIFE.
It’s a time to shed the worries of the day, the past, and it’s a time to enjoy and focus on the present. Because when I’m running, I become lost. It eases my mind and my soul. And while my body is not resting, my mind is. I may think about one-hundred things but none of it seems troublesome. Because the world becomes small, and it all seems to come together.
Running has made me better. A better father, partner, person. It’s given me a renewed sense of vigor which I so desperately needed. I had lost passion for anything. I had lost myself. Running has let me become someone who has more confidence, more self-compassion, and more love. And we could all use more love. We could all give more love.
It allows me to work through my thoughts while improving my body and health. Running has given me community, camaraderie, and joy. It allows me growth. Running is a part of me.
Life can be complicated, and it comes with many problems and setbacks. For me, running is a way to simplify those issues. It’s a time to be with myself and understand everything is not as complicated as I make it out to be. Like life, if I focus on one step at a time, I will get to my destination. Wherever that place may be is irrelevant. Because it’s the journey there which is what I should cherish.
We should all find something where we can rest. It doesn’t have to be physical, and it doesn’t have to be complex. It can be simple such as reading a book, meditation, or just being outside in nature. The daily “grind” can be taxing on our bodies and minds and we need to learn where we can rest. A safe place to just be. A place of renewal. Of peace.
Running is one of those places for me. Find yours.