Life is a marathon. Pretty powerful statement, eh? I can just mic drop and walk out, right? But, I will elaborate more. About this marathon. Ways to run it. And how to keep working on finishing it.
We start out in life at a slow pace. At least for me it felt like those years went on forever. Maybe it was because I was always competing with my sister since we were too close in age. I wanted to be taller, faster and have the better grades. I think the years also felt like they were slow to start because they were focused on learning. Sometimes about subjects one has zero interest in (#history #physics). Which, can make them very painful and feel like they take forever!
Trying to run your first marathon can be a very slow process. Unless you are a super elite athlete, running 26.2 miles is not going to come natural to you. You need to start out slow, and work up momentum in your fitness to get you to the level of finishing a marathon and being able to walk without pain and suffering the next day.
However, the most important part about running a marathon isn’t running at all. It’s finishing. Life is a marathon.
It’s Not A Race. It’s Not A Competition.
Life Is A Marathon: a long-lasting or difficult task or operation of a specified kind.
I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I realized I wasn’t in a competition with anyone, not even my sister, anymore. I learned that patience is crucial when starting out. And once I stopped comparing myself to others that got higher paying jobs over me, drove fancier cars, lived in bigger houses and I started to avoid lifestyle creep, was when the real
race marathon in my personal life began. And the pace picked up.
Life is a marathon. Full of your own goals. And perseverance. Did you know there’s more than one meaning behind perseverance? Dictionary.com states the first as, “s ”
And the second, a theology as, “continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.”
Hello. The second definition will rock you to your core. It rocks me to mine. I don’t talk (or blog) a lot about my money, and the same can be said about my faith. I have both. But choose to keep them mostly private. I don’t push my money views on people, nor do I push Jesus on anyone. But faith, I do.
I’ve stressed before that you don’t have to be religious or have a religion, but at least find some faith. Life is a marathon. Faith combined with perseverance is going to get you through it.
If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. And if you can’t crawl, find someone who will carry you.
I choose to hang my hat at the end of the day on my faith. And those that can carry me. Not physically. Totally metaphorically speaking here. But, sure. The dude in the photo can totally do both. He’s not straining carrying his girl at all in this Pinterest worthy pin. Ya’ll understand what I’m getting at here.
The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter how you finish the
race marathon. It’s about finishing it. Life is a marathon. You can choose to just to run through it. Walk it and look at the beautiful scenery. Stop and help others along the way. Or have them help you when you need it.
Getting shin splints and side aches in a race sucks. Indeed, it can make you stop and drop out altogether. It’s like the unexpected life events that throw you for a loop. There’s other risks in your future you don’t know about. Nor could you comprehend if you even knew what they were.
Life is a marathon. And a fricken roller coaster. It’s all out of your control. But you can control your actions and reactions. And let in others who can help find your faith and perseverance to help you finish the marathon.
6 Ways to Slow Down, Find The Right Pace And Thrive In The Marathon Of Life
1. Keep Learning.
If it worked as a kid growing up to slow down life, then why wouldn’t it work for you now too? Get the degree you’ve always wanted. Get over yourself, and get out there. There’s some pretty cheap ways to further your education and keep building people skills.
2. Understand How To Handle Losses.
Life is full of low blows. If you can’t dodge them, then you have to learn how to take a hit and bounce back from it. Taking a loss provides another motivating learning opportunity.
3. Create a “The Wine Glass Is Half Full” ~ Level of Optimism.
Yeah, I totally edited the classic phrase ‘the glass is half full’ to incorporate wine. Because, “the wine glass is half full” sounds much more appetizing. I look forward to half glasses of wine, not water.
Easier said than done, but you have to stay positive. Fake it until you make it. Smile and get corny theme songs from shows like, Cheers, stuck in your head for
two weeks. It works though ya’ll! Brainwash yourself into being positive.
I’m a firm believer in self-care (you are your biggest asset after all). If you need some me-time to get your poop in a group, please do so. Just be aware that even though when you come back after getting your shit together, it can fall a part again the next year (the endless roller coaster marathon of life with ups and downs).
Remove the chaos in your life. Remove the clutter. Practice saying no to people and time wasters. Time is another precious asset. The sand in the hour glass keeps falling from the top and adds more to the bottom. David Cassidy said it best on his death bed, “so much time wasted.” It was a great reminder to make the most of your time and not squander it.
Conclusion: Life Is A Marathon.
Again, it doesn’t matter if you run or walk the marathon, the important part is that you finished it. Take as many water breaks along the way as you need. Others will pass you. And you may find yourself passing them later. If you don’t tie your shoes correctly, you may find yourself landing flat on your face.
There may be some people along the way that can carry you when you don’t have the strength to take another step. And in the end, it’s having enough faith and perseverance to finish it. May you continue in a state of grace until the end of your marathon.