This was a forward I had received some time back and is slowly but surely becoming the motto of my life. I liked it instantly and try to read it once, everyday, for the positivity it gives me. Although, I must confess outright that setting a running goal is a bit ambitious for me.
Before you think of beating a hasty retreat, wait. I’m not going to bore my readers with some tedious lecture on inspiration or motivation. We’re grown-ups and more or less know what we need to know. Only, sometimes there is a dire need to ignite the somewhat dying fire within us. That’s when a line as simple as the one above works wonders!
I’m a determined person (although a bit sluggish in determining what’s important) and once I make up my mind there’s precious little anyone can do to make me change it. There’s always a medley of things I’m thinking about which confuse me more and don’t help in achieving anything worthwhile. However, there’s one thing I’ve set my mind and heart on and want to stick to it till the end.
When I was a school girl we received the Pune edition of TOI at our native. Although it wasn’t an eveninger we received our copies only past 4o’clock which led to many a fights between us siblings for laying our hands on it first. TOI with it’s coverage and editorials, understandably, needed no reason for being read or liked.
Out of the many things I learned through it was one about the Marathon that took place in Mumbai every year! Alongside pictures of many celebrities (which interested the starry-eyed teenager in me) were numerous fitness enthusiasts who took the whole route to the finish line. Age no bar. Many ran for or in support of some social cause like Green Earth or Avoid Female Foeticide. It was amazing. Running never seemed like it was so much fun!
For a home-bound overweight teenager like me it was an unthinkable and unachievable task. I watched in awe and felt tad jealous for not being part of such an adventure. It was far fetched but deep inside I was hankering to be out there and experience this mega event for real and feel the contagious energy of it all.
Which, in all probability, can happen this year. Last two years went with the wish of wanting to do it but without enough motivation and the fear that I might not be able to pull this off. Isn’t it easy to simply give something up assuming it isn’t your cup of tea? Also, when you plan to do something that isn’t your nature, people around you try and dissuade you, a lot.
Not this time! I’ve pulled up my sleeves and am ready to do everything in my capacity to prepare myself for it. Along with my fitness trainer and constant motivation (for weight loss and general well-being) R, I’ve started jogging, running and have taken up other forms of strenuous exercise, regularly. On days when I’m not upto it, I give myself a break but try to make up for it soon.
The D-day is far away and seems like a distant but achievable dream as of now. Please keep your wishes and blessings with me. Will need them.