I am a Runner – I Run in the Present and I Live a Longer Day!

 

When Running, You Live in the Present!

 

I was with a friend recently and he shared this Dalai Lama thought on “man” with me.  It resonated with me in so many ways that I asked if he could email it to me.  I’ve looked at it a few times and then pondered upon it being a runner.  Now, I ‘m not going to get all spiritual on you, but if you think about it, runners really are closer to living in the present than most people.  What do I mean?

Lets break this down: “Man… sacrifices his health to make money.”  Okay, we all need to make money to live, but runners balance it all out by living an active lifestyle to maintain not only physical but also mental health.  Next, man “sacrifices money to recuperate his health.”  All in all, most runners live an active and healthy lifestyle.  Therefore, the money we invest is in running shoes and active wear.  Sure, we runners do get colds, flus and other common illnesses, however, all in all, we reduce the risk of many diseases due to the health benefits realized by running.

Next concept from the Dalai Lama:  man “is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future…”  This part hit me the most.  When you are running, you’re not in the past or the future; you are always in the present. You are one with your body experiencing euphoria, joy, satisfaction, success, pleasure and pain.  It’s impossible to be in the past or future when you run.  You may think about it, but believe me, you are always very much in the present.

“…he lives as if he is never going to die.”  When I run, I feel very much alive and invincible, even when I’m not having my best run.  I feel as if I can live forever when I’m running.  “…and then dies having never really lived.”  Well, I can honestly say if I was on my death bed, running has given me a more satisfying and accomplished life.  Runners dream, and even if we don’t fulfill all our dreams, we always had running to take us places most will never go.  No regrets, ever!

My brother had a saying when he was running that’s always stuck in my head.  It goes, “as a runner you may not live a day longer, but you will live a longer day.”   And that saying, in my mind, tells me that when I die I will know that because I am a runner I really lived!

 

Run Well and May you live a longer day!

 

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