I used to be a avid runner.
In my early 20s, I would run between 15 and 25 miles per week. My pace was between an eight-and-a-half and nine minute mile. And I never got sore or had an injury. I loved running outside and found there was no great joy than my tennis shoes, my headphones, a beautiful morning, and a wide open trail.
But somewhere in my late 20s, while I was training for a half-marathon, I injured my knee. Running was no longer an option, so I transitioned to the indoor safety of an elliptical machine and a weight bench for my workouts.
But I missed running.
I missed the outdoors. I missed early mornings on a trail with the sun rising. Sure, I still got a good workout, but it didn’t give me the same natural high as completing a six mile run in the fresh air. But I didn’t run again, because I was scared I would injure myself and it would be worse than before.
Now, fast forward to my late 30s.
And middle-age is staring me head-on in the face.
There are many components of middle age I despise (like things that sag regardless of what you do).
But there is a wisdom that occurs too. I realized I only get this life, with this body, here on this earth, so I better make it count.
I needed to quit being scared of what could happen and start embracing what makes me happy. I realized I needed to keep and nurture my natural essence because it’s what makes me different from anybody else.
So I’ve been getting back to the natural me.
And I’ve been running outside again.
I run slower. I run less miles. I run with better form. I buy better shoes. (Because age has taught me a thing or two.)
And I’m happy. I appreciate the beauty around me and the beauty inside me. And I’m thankful I have the wisdom that comes with age to accept the natural me.
What about you? What things are you doing to make sure that you are being true to yourself and the natural you? Leave a comment and let me know.
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