Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathon Man discovered a new direction on his 30th birthday. He realised that being a corporate man bringing in 6 figures a year was not fulfillling him or bringing him happiness. He had been a competitive runner in his college years but on leaving college had given it up. His sister died in a car crash at the age of 18 which also threw a lot of confusion into his life.
So at the age of 30 Dean set out for a run in an old pair of sneakers, after arriving home early hours of the morning, on celebrating his birthday. He ran for 45 kn [28 miles] and basically ran himself into the ground. He had to call his wife to come and get him. This run was the start of what he called Living. He finally felt truly Alive. From here he took on the greatest challenges any person could take on and became one of the most successful ultra marathon runners ever. He has run through Death Valley in the heat of summer and ran 100 mile races over mountains where he ran through the night, suffered night blindness and had to crawl the last couple of miles to the finish line.
I am so grateful I discovered running at an early age as it is extremely fulfilling for me and does make me feel Alive.
We all need to look at ourselves regularly and make sure we are not merely existing. We need to make sure that the decisions we make on a day to day basis are what we really want from our lives as we can't get the time back again.
Lea helped me with my version of Bob Dylan's You Aint Goin' Nowhere. Hope you like it and that my post gives you something to think about as you go through your day today!