Yesterday was huge milestone for me. I finally built up the courage to do something I’d been wanting to do for many, many months. I trusted in my gut instinct, believed in myself, and took a leap of faith.
But it wasn’t without many days, weeks, and months of trial and decision that I finally did it.
After so long of doubting my instincts and wrestling with my own thoughts, I’d finally found a moment of peace and clarity. And how did I find it? Running.
I remember when I was about to graduate from college; I was mentally struggling with the fact that I thought I wasn’t going to get offered the job I so desperately wanted and planned on getting. I went for a run to think things through and decide where my life was going to take me, and I got a call offering me that job mid run.
I remember moving into my first ever apartment, struggling with homesickness, goodbyes and deciding what this change would mean, and I went for a run.
I remember when my cousin passed away this passed winter. I was struck with shock, sadness and the harsh reality that life does not last forever, and I went for a run.
Running has been there with me through all the trials and challenges in life. I’ve struggled my way through the process of growing up and the reality that it brings, much like many others, but each time I felt uncertain, I knew I had a friend to turn to. That friend was found on my runs.
Running allows time with just my thoughts. I never listen to music or podcasts when I run, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This time to myself has helped me digest some of the biggest obstacles, hardest challenges, and ridiculous excitement.
Running has once again pulled through for me, allowing me time to reflect throughout this past year and provided the direction I needed to take a new step in life.
Yesterday was a huge day for me; a life changing day. One that will literally alter the course of my life (in a good way:). I would never have had the courage to make this difficult career decision had it not been for running. And for that, I say thank you.