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I’m running a marathon. Twenty-six point two miles, 5.5 hours, just me and my thoughts. I put mile after mile behind me, and once I finish I realize, one of the most important keys to my finishing was the food and water stops. Sometimes it’s water, cold and refreshing. Other times, it’s Gu, a banana, or Gatorade. Regardless what was offered, in this race with just finishing as my goal, it was a place to rest, pause, accept where I was, and keep moving forward.
Today, I realized my life is a lot like that marathon. A struggle at times, numbness, joy, hope, at other times, the seasons of pause (much like the refueling stations), becoming ever more important to the forward movement of my life.
These pauses offer a time of reflection on what came before, and idea of where I’m going, and ultimately an opportunity for acceptance of where I am. These pauses are essential to forward movement, providing rest and refueling. At each pause becoming stronger, experiencing growth, and building my character.
I often ask myself ‘What’s the point of growing? Becoming older, wiser? Why be bold, why make mistakes and learn from them? What’s the point?’
The point is free will.
I am running (walking, sometimes crawling) this race any way. I choose to learn, I choose to grow, I choose to become better, and love more. I choose to make a choice.
What season of life are you in? How do you get strength to keep moving forward? I’d love to see your thoughts in the comments below. Use #bananas if you’re running your marathon every day.