There are things in life that matter and things that don’t. The wise person has learned how to tell the difference…and focus on the important things:
“My time, the rank I attain, my outward appearance – all of these are secondary. For a runner like me, what’s really important is reaching the goal I set myself, under my own power. I give it everything I have, endure what needs enduring, and am able, in my own way, to be satisfied. From out of the failures and joys I always try to come away having grasped a concrete lesson. (It’s got to be concrete, no matter how small it is.) And I hope that, over time, as one race follows another, in the end I’ll reach a place I’m content with. Or maybe just catch a glimpse of it.” – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
“Anything worth doing is going to be difficult.” – Fauja Singh, 100 years old, after finishing the 2011 Toronto Marathon in 8 hours 25 minutes.
“Run when you want to. Run when you don’t. Run when you’re sad. Run when you’re pissed. Run when you’re feeling hella good. It’s all part of showing up and proving to yourself you can and will do this…regardless of the circumstances.” – Brook Kreder, Onward! The Absolute, No B.S., Raw, Ridiculous Soul-Stirring Truth About Training For Your First Marathon.
Thanks as usual to our favourite source of inspiration, Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes.
Until next time…
Reggae Marathon RunninGuy (aka Sugar ‘Tuff Gong’ Bong)