“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle —when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – Old African Proverb
There are so many ups and downs in life: good days and bad, happiness and sorrow, victory and defeat…In the midst of all the challenges we face throughout our lives, will we choose to keep running? I love this quote that was recently sent to me in a linked in article from a good fitness friend. To me it conveys drive, focus, and never giving up or giving in.
Apply this quote to your health, your job, your family, your financial goals, your relationships, or your fitness goals. Apply it to a failure and then learning from it and getting better somehow. Apply it to the way you run your family, or the career path you wish to have. Apply it to weight loss and optimal health, strength, fitness and wellness. Apply “running” to every area of your life!
Perhaps you are not the fastest runner, you have chronic health issues, you are underpaid and undervalued at work, you don’t have the money in savings you wish you had, you didn’t go to a well known college, or your marriage feels like it is going through a dry spell. Choose to wake up and run despite it. Run like the gazelle who knows it need to be the fastest or it will be devoured. Push yourself every morning to wake up and out run your circumstance, out run your past, and outrun the things that are holding you back. Wake up and be the lion, knowing you have to run at least as fast as the slowest gazelle to survive. Push just that hard today knowing you can’t…you won’t starve, and you have just enough to go on for another day of running.
Whatever the current situation in you life, get up and run. Keep running day in and day out. Know you are always trying, always fighting, always pushing. Get up and run with intention, focus, drive, and perseverance.
I choose to run because I believe in doing my best. Sometimes I get caught up in the comparison game (looking at the “faster runners”), but overall I just try to give and do my personal best. I run to enjoy life fully, to grow and learn something, and to develop better habits and relationships. I get up and run because sitting still expecting things to happen for me doesn’t feel right. I have a responsibility to create the life I want. Sure, there are things I can’t control, but there are many things that fall on me. So, I get up and run. I survive.
Why do you run?