“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
Life is like a race. There is no other way but forward. There are a lot of obstacles along the way and if you’re not careful you might crash and burn.
We are all athletes in our own rights. We walk through life with the intention of beating the odds. We hone our skills and learn from experience.
There is more than one way to reach a goal. I realized life isn’t always a sprint and there are moments where you can’t just go barreling through. Life is more like a marathon, a test of endurance and strength. It’s more than a physical battle, it’s an emotional and mental war as well. It’s keeping up with the pressure while going at a pace that challenges you.
And it’s not all about winning. Yes, reaching your goal is important and it’s hypocrisy to say otherwise. But wouldn’t it be better to get to your goal knowing you enjoyed the run? Wouldn’t it feel more rewarding knowing that you may have passed people along the way but never, not even once, did anything to hurt them?
We all have goals in our lives, places we need to be and things we want to achieve. But we must always remember that life isn’t all that, it more complex and more beautiful than what it is. It’s more than just the race, more than just winning and achieving your goals. Those are bountiful rewards for hard work and perseverance.
Life is more about how you ran and what you did while you were running. Its how you pick yourself up after a fall and how you managed to reach your goal despite the obstacles along the way. Setting a good example for the people you inspire and knowing that you courageously carried the weight of their dreams with you when you crossed the finish line. Isn’t it more rewarding that way?