Tomorrow I run! My first 5K of the season and third all time. I’m no Forrest Gump but I will do my best. The path is unknown I will have to look for the route markers and stay the course. I will need to delve deep into my energy reserves, focus on my breathing, concentrate on my surroundings, and eventually cross the finish line. If you close your eyes and repeat the italicized text, I promise you can apply that to any life experience.
Being emotional in public can be awkward but when I run no one really notices. Could be the wind or the sun in my eyes. So why do I cry when I run? I asked myself that same question the first time my purple shoes hit the pavement. I answered the question as I crossed the finish line.
Reaching a goal no matter how small can be food enough to fill your soul for a lifetime. Nearly 8 years go I had a fire lit inside me and at the time I had no idea where it was going to take me. I did not know that it was meant to prepare me for the struggle ahead. I didn’t have a plotted route, or even a clue of what I was about to face. Reflecting on it now, I am certain the opportunity that was placed in my hands and lit the fire, was the gift of strength. Something I had not yet possessed.
I have two caterpillars in little cups beginning to shed into the chrysalis. Every day I watch their activity and I don’t have to wonder what that struggle feels like, because the human struggle is the same. The caterpillar does not know that The path is unknown and will have to look for the route markers and stay the course; will need to delve deep into energy reserves, focus on breathing, concentrate on surroundings, and eventually cross the finish line into complete transformation.
After the struggle, accomplishment will become its focus. The beauty it represents will be appreciated by many and its inner light will shine bright!
I won’t be completely transformed when I cross the finish line tomorrow. I still have many more runs to complete, each one adding fuel to my fire.
Can you compare a struggle to that of a caterpillar? Please share in comments.
Shine your light bright!