Getting Off The Treadmill Of Life
I am not even sure the title is the best one for this post. I was inspired by one of my students to write about this after a conversation we had the other day.
Let me tell you my thoughts first.
One day, last Wednesday to be more precise, a thought came to my mind: Wednesday? I thought Wednesday was last week. I thought we were done with it and moved on.
Now that was a funny thing (for me at least). I wasn’t really serious.
But come to think of it we never move on. Wednesday will come every 7 days, again and again…..and yet again. May will do the same. We keep ourselves in this infinite cycle.
“We” because we humans invented the cycle and named the days of the week.
Another wheel going nowhere
Now the point is that not only we are on a hamster wheel already we also run on treadmills and cycle on stationary bikes…..going nowhere…..again.
Do you really want that? Do you really like that? Just askin’…
Yeah, but I’ll hurt my knees otherwise
If your running is aggressive you will probably hurt your body wherever you run or even just walk. And you will probably hurt it more on surfaces that absorb that aggressiveness and you will never become aware of it. You will never learn, never grow, never understand, never move on.
Is that what you want? Another wheel going nowhere?
You will ache anyway
You will be old and you will ache anyway, might as well ache for a good reason. That’s the answer I gave my aunt who said running will damage my body.
I will not say it doesn’t. Anything can damage your body, even if it’s wear and tear. And it comes sooner or later even if you do nothing.
My mother once said that her neck hurts and knees sometimes. She’s getting old.
I told her my knees hurt from a very early age.
But then she said, yes….but you have a good reason for it.
She was talking about my karate training. And she was right. It didn’t matter that I was in pain, what mattered was those unforgettable moments. When you live pain can be overcome.
We live it, we breath it
In the end the experience you have is the only thing that matters . That’s what you will tell your friends, family and grandchildren.
You will never talk about the shoes you wore on the treadmill at one point in time. You will not tell them you ran a 5k on the treadmill and actually feel awesome about it.
But run outdoors through mud, water, rain, snow or whatever the weather. Then come home and tell your story.
At Urban Women Fitness we live and breathe every moment we are outdoors. Whether running, climbing trees, lifting logs or moving in ways we’ve never moved before.
We feel the wind, the cold, the snow, the sun, the rain, we feel them all and we become a part of the elements and the elements a part of us.
And the stories we tell our loved ones are precious, are unique but most important we are proud of ourselves and we finally LOVE this thing that many call “exercise”