Raising Without Racing

I’m supposed to run my first race on May the 25th, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen.

Boris Johnson Yesterday announced new stricter measures in the attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – finally, I must say – and the first events have already been cancelled. Not the race, at least not yet, but I’m Italian, I know from my family and friends what’s going on down there, and I’m prepared for the worst.

I hope nothing like that will happen here in the UK, even if it’s hard to believe, given how bad the situation is all around the world. May the 25th seems to be quite far away, but I suspect that none of this will be over by then.

Egoistically speaking, I feel a little sorry. I had decided to sign myself up for the Vitality London 10K because their motto this year is “Celebrate Your Wave”, and that was exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to celebrate all my achievements, and what better occasion than a race?

It may be an overrated metaphor, but a race can really be compared to life. Your dream is the finish line; the tiredness and the bad weather conditions are the obstacles that you might find on the way. Sometimes the obstacles are in our head, we limit ourselves thinking that we are too small to do big things, and that’s when we get lost and forget to seek our dreams. It’s hard to get rid of that type of thoughts, but it’s the only way to be happy.

Accepting ourselves with all the imperfections we might have is the key, and I know something about it myself. I have never been confident enough to do what I truly wanted, but I’m in a good place at the moment and I won’t let the wind, or the rain stop me.

Feel good about ourselves is necessary to know who we really are, what we need to be happy and how to get it. Without a little of self-love, we’ll never be able to take the right decisions, and that will lead us miles away from our real purpose.

This is the reason why I wanted to run this race and why is not easy to accept that it’s not happening. I couldn’t care less about the concerts I bought the tickets for and I won’t be able to attend, but this race was important to me. To cheer myself up I decided to create a fundraising page: I’ll be supporting Mental Health UK, even if I won’t be running for them. It’s still something, you know.

© Brooxy Moon

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