Are You A Runner?
Life can feel empty when you have no idea what your destiny is. You have a feeling that there is something important, significant, and worthwhile that you were born to do, but do not know what. Through the trappings of materialism many people envisage their calling as being some kind of mega rich, A-list person, but that's unlikely to be your actual destiny.
Your true calling is something that you have to put together piece by piece; it's not something that arrives already assembled as a gift. You construct your destiny from your instincts about the things that just feel right. Instinct is the closest thing to destiny and we must rely on our feelings to guide us to the things that are natural for us and develop our potential fully from there.
Running is one basic part of your destiny. When you run there are times that it just feels instinctively right. There is a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that you can reach in running, which happens every time you work on a part of your true calling. Running may not be glamorous or unique but for everyone, it is part of your destiny.
When you were a baby, your first mission in life was to stand up but that is never enough. Every baby knows they have to learn to run. Toddlers run everywhere, by instinct, and you can see the joy they get when they are doing what is natural; they know running is their destiny.
Once you master the art of running, it lays down one cornerstone of your true self, one part of your calling. As children, we should keep strengthening this cornerstone of our destiny through our love of games and running. As we grow up and enter the adult world, life becomes more diverse and there are many distractions that call us away from our true path.
Running is easy to neglect with demands on our time such as studying, making money, family, and the appeal of easy pleasures. Once running has slipped out of your life it takes a conscious effort to get back into enjoying it. "I just don't have time," is a common excuse, but people who run know that it gives them more energy and they do more in the same time because they work more effectively.
Without running your life feels stagnant and lacking vigor. One of the many advantages of hitting the track is that it actually improves brain power by delivering more oxygen in the blood to your brain. It has been shown that running helps people make clear decisions, concentrate longer, and recall information faster.
Running activates the instinctual parts of your brain that help you find the other parts of what make you who you really are. When you run you attain one part of your destiny. But to find your true self, you need all the pieces together. Like a jigsaw puzzle, you have to put all the pieces in the right place to get the complete picture of who you are. Running is one essential step to take you towards finding the other parts of your true self.
During a run when you are mentally sharp, feeling good, and inspiration is there, you can identify clearly other aspects of what is important in your life. Running increases your creativity to find how to attain your destiny, increases your will power to keep on towards your true calling, and ideas become crystal clear after taking them out on a run.
To quote Shakespeare, "It is not in the stars to fulfill our destiny, but in ourselves."
We should use the parts of our life that instinct leads us to, such as running, to stand higher, to get closer to reaching who we really are. Make running a key part of your lifestyle to be instinctively sharp and use the boosted brainpower to help you attain your true calling.
Copyright © 2014 Mark McCallum
Mark McCallum is a runner and writer, currently based in South China, near Hong Kong. McCallum is the author of, "Run Your Destiny," in which he provides infectious inspiration to use running as a basic entitlement, and advantage, in finding and reaching your destiny.
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