Thursday, March 22, 2018

Run In The Rain

Its raining today. I look out the window and its raining and cloudy and cold. There is no sign of sun. Back when I was running, there was a similar such day. I would run regularly but when there was foul weather I would say, "oh, its raining today, I guess I can't go running." In the back of my mind I knew that it was just a lie. One day I decided to do something about it. I put on a hat, a water resistant jacket, sunglasses and some gloves. I took off running into the rain, down the streets of San Francisco.

There weren't that many people out since the rain was coming down hard. Those who did were timidly under their umbrellas, probably cursing the weather. I'm sure I got some odd looks when I breezed by jogging like it was a sunny beautiful day, smiling and enjoying my run. I didn't care. One time I crossed another runner doing the same and we both glanced at each other and nodded. Giving props to being out doing the work, even though the conditions weren't right. It was an exhilarating feeling of the cold rain hitting me, yet me not caring. The rain bouncing off my sunglasses like they would a car's windshield. Since I was already wet, I would purposely stomp through puddles like a 4 year old would do, just having fun, before they were told to cut it out.

I learned that our mind gives us a bunch of excuses and we can choose to accept them or not. That even though conditions aren't optimal we should do the work anyway. That fighting through obstacles to your goal rather than succumbing to them will give you a no excuse attitude. That what might seem uncomfortable at first can actually be a lot of fun, its only the getting started that is hard.

The rain is just a metaphor for any obstacle in our lives. Are there times in your life where you should be running in the rain instead of staying in?