Run Your Own Race

Life is like a race. However, it is a marathon and not a sprint and everyone around you is running their own marathon also. Their route will not be the same as yours, so there is no value in trying to copy them. It makes no sense to worry about what everyone else around you is doing. Instead, focus on your own race and run it accordingly. Only you know what you need to do to get where you need to go. For sure, you will become tired and you might need to stop and rest for a while, but you can’t quit the race.

Comparing your life to that of others is an exercise in futility. You don’t know their struggles and their path is not yours. Even if you appear to be living parallel lives, your stories will not be identical. So, resist the urge to fall into the comparison trap, where you run the risk of feeling inadequate because you think you should be/have more. A few years ago I read something that I have never forgotten. It simply said if we all threw our problems into a pile, when we saw what other people were dealing with, we would gladly take our problems back. So true! It helps us keep things in perspective. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

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In the race called life, you may not have gotten the best “start” but that doesn’t mean that you can’t finish strong. You will need to develop your strategic plan for the race and pace yourself. Execute that plan and make adjustments along the way. You will need to be flexible as unexpected things will occur along the way that may force you to reassess your plan. An important component when participating in any long distance race is your support system. You have to have your own personal cheering section for the moments when you want to quit.

So, when you start to feel as though you haven’t accomplished enough, take a step back and remember that the only person you have to prove anything to is yourself. You are not on anyone else’s timeline and only you know what is best for you. So, be kind to yourself and remember, you are running a marathon and not a sprint.


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