Life is competition.
We compete for stuff: attention, respect, grades …to survive.
Competition makes us try harder. It makes us stronger.
Races, in part, are competitions to see who finishes first, but they’re much more.
They’re opportunities to learn…
To see if we have gotten stronger…
To see how effective our training has been…
To see if we’ve run better than ever before.
A few do, in fact, compete with each other, but we all compete with a single person: ourselves.
Our negative selves. The self that whispers “you can’t do that, you’re too old, they are so much better”.
We win that competition when we just put on those shoes and take that first stride in the morning…
When we don’t listen to that negative self …when we do just a little bit better than we did the last time.
When we see that every body else is just doing the same thing and we can actually motivate and help each other succeed, we see a much more productive and positive picture. We see this marvelous adventure for what it is:
Running isn’t about being better than others.
It’s about being better!
~John Tucker, YourTime+ Founder