There’s nothing more invigorating than hearing your sneakers repeatedly pound the pavement. With every step, you become painfully aware of each breath. To have that moment to just be about you, nothing more, nothing less. To finally learn to let go and be content. Content with knowing that you are finally doing something for yourself. For once you are putting yourself in front of others.
As we grow older, we change. We replace hobbies with reality and we forget about the little things. We start to underestimate just how much those little things actually matter to us and everything becomes a matter of convenience. Rather than see people, we spend our time in solitude in front of the wondrous machine that we call a laptop. We start to forget what it means to focus, to have that determination, that moment when we are just aware of who we are, now that’s powerful. Those are things that can push you through the day. When you start to become active, when you strive to have something more in your life…that’s what brings meaning to it.
One day you start to realize what really does matter. At the end of it all, you start to remember why you invested time in things. For me, that feeling of sore muscles —- that’s a true feeling of accomplishment. It’s a feeling that you have put yourself first.
Put yourself first for once and your whole world will be transformed. You will start to realize that maybe the ground that you stood so firmly on is more sand, less pavement. You’ll start to realize that things will be more uncertain in the future than they are now. If you think you have seen enough self-doubt and failure, know that you’ll be working through those issues even more in the future. Stop creating races out of things that just need to be a journey. Perhaps, most importantly, stop striving for greatness. The less you think about it, the more likely you’ll get there. For now, just stop for a second….
Enjoy the beauty that’s around you. Take in those moments with your friends and drink it all in. This won’t all last forever, over year friendships will be broken, romances will fade, things will happen, love with die. But for today…just for today. Breathe. For once, choose yourself.