This is #7 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.”
I feel an energized anticipation when I am getting ready to move.
I feel engaged – challenged, curious, motivated – when I am in motion.
I feel rejuvenated, refreshed, stimulated, creative, purposeful, accomplished, and unstoppable when I return and come to rest again.
Some version of this is true whether it’s a sniff walk with the dog, an aggressive uphill run or a long meander on a forest trail.
I am not made for sitting at a desk for long stretches, though moments of insight, inspiration and even revelation do occur there.
I have determined, however, that those moments occur at a frequency proportionate to the quality of movement that I practice when I am not there.
There is no doubt at all that how well I work, and how affirmatively I live my life, depends on my resolve to get and to keep moving.
“Fall is the older season, a more seasoned season. The weather surrounds you instead of beating down on you…The weather is lighter, marbled, and it makes you feel like striding again, makes you glad that so much works at all.”
– Anne Lamott
I am not a slow walker. Slow walking makes me crazy.
I am a strider. My dad was a strider, two of my own steps to match one of his. Always falling behind, hurrying up again.
It’s a blessing and a curse, this not slowing down. Two steps at a time, up we go. Never one.
Here in these late September days, sunny and warm long past Labor Day (perhaps a “second summer”) I am compelled to move with conviction. School is in session and I will not fall behind.
These are days for striding. And it’s because we stride that so much works at all.
The first frost of winter is coming. The harvest will not gather itself.
Begin and adjust or wait and wonder.
Get started and discover what’s possible or delay until you’re “ready” and forever dream what might have been.
“This is incredibly difficult,” is only said by those with the courage to begin.
“This is extraordinary! Look what we found!” is only said by those who get underway.
“The water is freezing and deep and frightening and powerful,” is only said by those who will themselves to jump.
“My team is capable of more than I ever imagined,” is only said by those who let them run.
“We failed miserably even though we did our very best,” is only said by those who take the chance.
No guarantees of success, only the chance…every single day…to know what it means to be alive.
Starting is everything.