There is no finish line

Life seems to be a constant process of this: want, set goal, work work work, get it, let go.

From the grade in school, the approval from your parents and senior, the job or project or new business deal, the girl or boy in your dreams, the large home with 3 bedrooms, the happy family, the social status that people look up to etc etc.

Want is the first step, it’s probably the difficult part because, well, a good start means half of the success. When I grow up I used to hear people around me saying – I don’t know what I want. (Well, I said it too) Want something isn’t exactly easy. It requires understanding yourself and the situation around you.

Then, people who are clear of what they want set a goal. In the Law of Attraction, it’s called “making a wish to the universe”. When you set the goal, you need to come up with a plan to reach it. It’s the part to test if you know yourself or the situation well enough.

Coming up with a plan is creation. A plan needs to be executed and acted upon. Again, is the plan realistically executable? Are you devoted enough to realize it? The difficult part is that you need to give up something to realize it. Most of the time people get procrastinated, because they don’t want to give up their time on crouch or in front of the video game or TV, or the muffin or ice cream, another glass of the drink. At the end of the day it isn’t about the plan or the action, it’s about how much you want it.

There are full of traps on the road to the finishing line, external and internal. The most diligent people may not realize the goal. In Chinese, we say “plan by people, succeed by god”. You need to take a leap of faith. Any success requires taking on the uncertainty. The uncertainty of jumping into the unknown, of falling so hard that you thought you can never get back up again. Without the leap of faith, you will never get there.

When we are running, we endure much pain in the body. Sometimes excruciating and you don’t know why you are doing it. However we keep running because knowing that I am running and enduring the pain makes us feel alive.

“There is no finish line.” One of the famous line and I’ve never understood why this is good. Isn’t that getting there the ultimate goal? Don’t we run for the joy of reaching the finish line?

The real fun is that, it never ends. If you are someone with the drive, after you reach the finish line, you let go of the glory and start running again.

If you never let go, then you are stuck there. No matter how good is it, you cannot stuck at one place for too long. You got left behind if you do.

Life is a journey. Take a breathe, sip some water, let go of the past, get set and run again.

Happiness is knowing that you are always on the way to achieve what you want.

Running

Blog - Shoe Dog

“Running. It’s hard. It’s painful. It’s risky. The rewards are few and far from guaranteed. When you round around an oval track, or down an empty road, you have no real destination. At lease, none that can fully justify the effort.

The act itself becomes the destination. It’s not just that there’s no finish line; it’s that you define the finish line.

Whatever pleasure or gains you derive from the act of running, you must find them within. It’s all how you frame it, how you sell it to yourself.

Every runners know this. You run and run, miles after miles, and you never quite know why. You tell yourself that you’re running toward some goal, chasing some rush, but really you run because the alternative, stopping, scares you to death.

So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy… just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.”

Phil Knight. Shoe Dog.

 

I think this is so far the best writing about running I’ve seen. It makes me think about work, about passion, about life.

I’ve always wondered, what keeps a person going. Determination? Passion? Belief? Where does ones motivation come from?

Sometimes you don’t even know what you are chasing, that the goal isn’t monetary, not material, not even recognition.

It comes from inside, a desire that you have to satisfied, because if not, the fear of emptiness that you are going to carry the whole life. It keeps us going, running, working for the meaning of life.

What drives you to run?