The Face In The Crowd
I run at 5AM every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. My runs increase by 1 city block each week. My wife (also the other half of Socially Fit) knows this and cheers me on from the comforts of home. She recently mentioned that she will meet me on the last leg of my run and keep up with me until I finish. I never expected to see her out there that early. Today for some reason I was having a hard time convincing myself to finish. As I turned the corner and headed into the last leg of my run, my body picked up the pace through sheer muscle memory because mentally I did not have the energy to do so. As my lungs caught fire I saw a body coming in the opposite direction, not a rare sight in the city. As I got closer I heard, “C’mon babe, you’re almost there”. When it finally clicked as to who it was I forgot about how tired I was, how hard it was to breathe, and that I wanted to stop and rest. It was at that moment I had a visual adrenaline boost and was able to keep the faster pace and also have an awesome sprint at the end!
Most of us have at one time or another had this happen to us. Whether you were in your first grade school play, your sixth grade band recital, your high school sporting event, or your first 5k run; life has handed us one of these moments. A moment where one person (or group of people) visually inspires us to finish whatever it is we started. It acts as a reminder that we are stronger than we even know, and for that very reason we refuse to accept anything other than success. To those who have yet to experience this, I honestly hope that your life will grant you one, and for those of you who have I wish you many more.
Motivation: The reminder that failure is unacceptable