A NEW ADVENTURE A NEW LIFE

-By Vipul MajejiVipul pic

(This blog was written on 10th of Nov 2015 before the Bangkok marathon. An inspiration for those running their first full marathon)

AS I READY MYSELF FOR MY FIRST MARATHON, MY MIND IS FULL OF EXCITEMENT, NERVOUSNESS AND MY STOMACH IS FULL OF BUTTERFLIES , I CANT HELP BUT PEN MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL JOURNEY THAT I HAVE UNDERTAKEN AND WHICH HAS SHOWN ME AN ENTIRELY NEW DIMENSION TO LIFE.

I STILL REMEMBER EVERYTHING SO CLEARLY AS IF IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY, I HAD RECEIVED A TEXT FROM A FRIEND WHO WOULD GO ON TO BECOME MY SOULMATE IN RUNNING THAT LETS PARTICIPATE IN A 10K RACE, WELL FOR A GUY WHO HAS NEVER RUN ANYTHING BEYOND 2 KMS IN LIFE , IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT I AGREED AND THAT IS HOW THIS MADNESS BEGAN. WELL, AS THEY SAY WE ARE JUST GIVEN ONE LITTLE SPARK OF MADNESS IN LIFE AND IF WE LOSE THAT WE’VE GOT NOTHING.

I AM GLAD I EMBRACED THE MADNESS CALLED RUNNING IN MY LIFE OR TO SAY I’M PRIVILEGED THAT THE SPORT ACCEPTED ME. FROM STARTING AS A CHALLENGE OF GETTING UP EVERY MORNING IN THE NOT SO COLD KOLKATA MORNINGS AND HEARING MY BODY GROAN AND MY MUSCLES ACHE, IT SLOWLY GOT TRANSFORMED INTO AN ACTIVITY WHERE I CAN JUST BE FREE AND BE WITH MYSELF. RUNNING EARLY MORNING ON AN EMPTY STREET WITH NOTHING BUT JUST NATURE AROUND ME IS AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE.

EVERY MORNING AS I LACE UP MY RUNNING SHOES I AM OUT ON A JOURNEY TO REDISCOVER THE JOYS OF LIFE AND THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS. I FIGURED OUT A GREAT THING WHILE RUNNING THE LONG DISTANCES, THAT I COULD DISENGAGE MY MIND FROM RUNNING WHILE I RAN. SOMETIMES I SOLVED WORK ISSUES AS I RAN, SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS , SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT MY FINANCES, SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT MY FUTURE RUNS AND ALSO ON OCCASIONS I EVEN THINK ABOUT MY SPOILT BED LIFE DUE TO ALL THE TRAINING :P. BUT MOST OF THE TIMES WHEN I’M REALLY TIRED AND IN THE MIDST OF A LONG RUN I JUST DON’T THINK AT ALL, MY MIND GOES BLANK AND I JUST ZONE OUT, THAT IS THE MOMENT I LOVE ABOUT RUNNING, THE MOMENT WHEN I AM JUST MYSELF , I AM SILENT , I AM PEACEFUL ,I AM IN A MEDITATIVE STATE AND I JUST LOVE MY LIFE AT THAT MOMENT.

I AM DEEPLY INDEBTED TO THIS SPORT AS IT IS MAKING ME LEARN HOW TO LIVE ALL OVER AGAIN, THE BEST THING I LEARNT IS TO NEVER GIVE UP, AS MANY OF US RUNNERS FEEL DURING OUR RUNS THAT THIS IS IT, OUR BODY IS ACHING, THE LEGS HAVE GIVEN UP, THE LUNGS ARE WORKING OVERTIME AND WE JUST NEED TO STOP!! THIS IS SO COMMON IN DAILY LIFE TOO. BUT AT THAT MOMENT I DISCOVERED THAT ALL WE NEED TO DO IS TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS AND JUST BREAK THE DISTANCE INTO SMALL PARTS AND JUST KEEP GOING AND WE WILL ACHIEVE OUR GOALS AND COMPLETE THE RUN, BECAUSE NOTHING CAN MATCH UP TO THE FEELING OF COMPLETING A RUN FROM THE VERGE OF GIVING UP.

RUNNING HAS ALSO MADE ME MEET SOME GREAT PEOPLE AND JUST MADE ME LEARN THAT EVERY PERSON IS A SUPERHUMAN BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SET OF PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES IN LIFE BUT WE ALL HAVE JUST LEARNED TO NEVER GIVE UP AND WE JUST FIGHT WITH IT IN OUR OWN DIFFERENT WAY. IT HAS JUST MADE ME LEARN TO RESPECT THE FIGHTING SPIRIT IN EVERY HUMAN BEING NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE.

“DON’T EVER LET SOMEONE TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN’T DO SOMETHING NOT EVEN ME.

YOU GOT A DREAM, YOU GOTTA PROTECT IT.

WHEN PEOPLE CAN’T DO SOMETHING THEMSELVES THEY’RE GONNA TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN’T DO IT.

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING THEN GO GET IT… PERIOD.”

CHRIS GARDNER

AS I CONCLUDE MY BLOG I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE READING THIS, ONE THOUGHT THAT I LEARNT FROM THIS JOURNEY. IT IS THAT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IN OUR LIFE, IT’S ALL JUST IN OUR MIND, I AM SURE THAT IF A NON RUNNER AND AN OVERWEIGHT PERSON LIKE ME CAN PURSUE A DREAM OF RUNNING A MARATHON. THEN I AM SURE THAT IF WE PURSUE ANYTHING WITH FULL DETERMINATION, PASSION, HONESTY AND HARD WORK THEN NOTHING CAN STOP US FROM ACHIEVING IT.

 

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