This post is a shot at free writing. I don’t know whether it made sense or not but for the first time I let my thoughts on ‘Life Is Not Perfect’ go wild. I just felt like writing it without any structure and major edits.
Life is not perfect. And it should never be. Otherwise we will never evolve or do better or great things.
However, it might sound like a cliché but everyone wants a perfect life which is a balanced mix of work and fun. But the balance is sometimes too balanced which takes out the element of adventure or excitement out of it. My life is not perfect because of the following reasons or I will say it is unbalanced.
1. I am not a pro runner.
2. I am not coached.
3. I am not sponsored.
4. My life is stressful like everyone else.
5. I don’t have very many expensive running gadgets or shoes.
6. I don’t get enough sleep hours.
7. I live in a very hot place.
8. There is hardly any proper running route or trails.
9. I am slow and overweight.
10. And the list goes on and on.
Life will throw all sorts of curve balls at us and it is our job to dodge them or even better, be proactive to avoid them. Maybe getting hit by them is a better choice sometimes!
Life is full of ‘to-do’ lists. It is so overwhelming at times. It is overwhelming because of the ‘pace‘ on which we tend to lose control over. Overwhelming because of the in-built response system of doing everything(essential or non-essential) and the FOMO syndrome. Overwhelming because we lose balance over work and fun. We tilt to one of the sides bit too heavily.
The same happens to an ultrarunner when he or she gets too heavily or I will say obsessed with the training that the issues in the other half of his or her life keeps piling up. Or he or she takes the training too lightly to be always anxious about the result of the race. The second part, I guess, rarely happens.
The race or training for an ultramarathon is a choice I have made to make my life more fulfilling. It may sound or appear stupid for people who don’t understand the intrinsic nature of this sport. The balance we try to create between life and training sometimes tips to one side making anxiety an issue. However, the anxiety helps in, sometimes, balancing the unbalanced aspect of life.
The choices which we made to make our lives much more enriched is something we should stick to because once the difficult phase of the balancing is over, we will enjoy the fruits of our stubbornness. We just have to keep going while staying in present and not worrying about the future. Ultramarathon running also teaches us that – to take a mile or one AS at a time.
Our job is not to compare ourselves with the life of others. They are on a different journey. The end point is same but the route is different. Some have it easy or same have it hard – that’s just a matter of perspective. If I am a hobbyist ultrarunner, it will be advisable to learn from the best and enjoy the sport. If I start the comparison, I will stop enjoying then.
To summarize – everyone are on their own. Take care of your own baggage. Help others if you can. Don’t let yourself down ever. Accept the imperfection. Perfection plays hide and seek in that imperfection. Believe in yourself and your choice. Stick to it. When you look back, it is the tough times you cherish.
Here is a short video on my last week’s training. There are issues which I didn’t bring out which led to my overwhelming situation but yes, I did talk about how I am coping with it. I may bring them out sometime in future. Hope the video makes sense.
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Till then stay fit and keep running.