When I was younger, during my early 20’s, I wasn’t really used to stress. I lived a relatively spoiled childhood and teens; things were uneventful since everything was taken care of, a life never having to worry about much. It was only later on that I discovered that life wasn’t as easy as I was lead to believe, I wasn’t able to keep up with the job I got while at the same time handling personal problems in life. It was one early morning, awake due to the fact that I had to work overtime to finish a presentation due that day when I decided to just step out of the house without my wallet, phone, or even keys and just run, run away from it all.
Yes, it was a childish response, but what else would you expect from a person who was spoiled his whole life. I just needed to get away from everything; I ended up at a forest trail joggers usually go to every morning. Coincidentally enough, I was wearing sweatpants, trainers, and a hoodie, so I blended in quite well with the people there. So I decided to just keep on running, I was already warmed up from it anyway.
Finding Running Through Running
Prior to that day, I have done recreational running before, but mostly because I was forced to by a friend, relative, or PE teacher. It was different that day though; I was watching the sun rise through the trees as ran, thinking of all the things that stressed me out, and as my breathing changed I felt a change inside as well. I began to enjoy what I was doing at that moment, which was running, I was feeling better and slowly began to think about solutions to my problems, simple solutions that I was surprised I didn’t think of at the first place. It was at that time that I felt a sense of peace. I returned home afterwards, finished my work and went on with my day happier.
How Running Helped me
Obviously exercise is not just good for the body, but also the mind. I really needed to just relax my mind and give my body the exercise it needed, with my blood flowing, my breathing deep, and my mind relaxed I was able to become focused and figure out the solution to my problems. This is in fact true, it’s science after all, but there is more to it than that.
I needed something in my life that was only just for me, my alone time that wasn’t just Idle. Was it fate that led me to learning to love running or just happenstance? Whatever the reason, running is now my daily activity that helps me focus and centre myself.
The end of that work day I came home and crashed on top of the bed, I mean what would you expect would happen, I had no sleep, went on a 4km run, gone home to wash-up and strait to work. What a day that was though…