…we run so we don’t get forgotten amidst the dust… we run to keep up… we run because the trail goes on… where will it lead?
It was never my intention to be a runner. As a kid, I wouldn’t have been pegged as having any real athletic ability. Overweight, shy, and sedentary… Cute kid, but not an athlete…
Still, I yearned to fit in… In the sixth grade, some new friends decided to join the track team. Not wanting to be a stick in the mud or left out of conversations, I added my name to the sign-up sheet.
When the first day of practice came, I found myself alone in the registration line… My friends had decided they were no longer interested in track… They hadn’t even seen the team or the track on which we would run…!
Growing up, my parents taught me the importance of commitment… When you tell someone you’re going to do something, you need to do it…! Keeping your promises is key. And so, I went to practice… That’s where it all began!
I came to practice, not really knowing what I’d gotten myself in to, but trusting that the advice my parents gave me was best. For the first month or so, I was one of the slowest on the team. At every meet, I came in dead last. I know from later conversations with my dad, when he watched me rounding the curves, still at the back of the pack, he felt some shame… When he was my age, he ran track and was one of the fastest on the course… Even qualifying for the junior Olympics! Boy, he could run! But then you had me… Giving it my all, but clearly not the star runner…
Well, I kept up with it and followed my dad’s coaching tips… I’d go to practice, come home and have run some more… by the end of that first season, I’d shed 20 pounds and moved up the line… crossing the finish line somewhere in the middle of the pack rather than the end… I’d improved!
None of us really sign up for all that life brings our way, but one way or another, we find that the road just keeps on going and our feet keep moving forward… So, in essence, we are all runners… Running to keep up with our daily tasks… Running to see where the trail goes… Running to make our own trail…!
…but running takes effort… it takes strength… it takes motivation… it takes energy… it takes encouragement from others…
As you run, know that you are not alone… Each of us runs through our own dark valleys and up the jagged trail to reach the other side of our circumstances. Don’t give up because in the end, it will all be worth it!