Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Screw Making Lemonade

"If life hands you lemons, make lemonade".  Screw that!  I hate lemonade.  When life hands me lemons I'd rather sell them and buy grapes.  I like grapejuice.  And wine.

I think about a lot of things while running. Mostly it's about how running mirrors life.  The training, preparing, anticipating a race;  Winning and expriencing disappointments on any given race day; Celebrating a personal victory and bouncing back from a loss when things just didn't work out the way I planned.  All this and more during my early morning running:
  1. Stop worrying about the future.  Unless you can travel faster than time, you can't tell what's next. Worrying won't get you ahead.
  2. The past is the past.  Stop hanging on to your mistakes. Unless fatal, mistakes are lessons. Take advantage of the learning opportunities.  
  3.  It's not over until the fat lady sings.  And you can't ever hear her warming up.  Get on with it.
  4. When S happens, move aside...fast.  How many times have you stood and wallowed in the mess before taking action? Wallowing in the S stinks!  No one wants to play with a stinky person.
  5. You get to play again tomorrow.  Unless the fat lady is on her last stanza...but then, you can't hear that coming.
  6. It's better to be optimistic.  The roller-coaster of life means you'll experience highs and lows along with the twists and turns.  Doing so with a smile is better.
  7. Listen to all advice.  That doesn't mean you need to take all of it.  Duh!  You have a mind!
  8. Running doesn't solve everything.  Well actually it does.  Can you think of a problem that doesn't get smaller while you're running?
  9. Talking about running drives non-running friends and family crazy!  Go ahead, at the next dinner party, start talking about running.
  10. Should you have non-running friends anyway?  Just a thought...
  11. Running is living! Enough said!
  12. There really is an inner voice in your head. Two actually:  The scaredy-cat and the risk-taker. "Pssst...It's your risk-taker here...I've having more fun".
  13. 'Give er'. 100%. All the time. Otherwise what's the point?
Gotta go now...have some grapes to squeeze.

Until next time...

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