I have a confession to make –
I love social media. I use social media to post about my training, to read about other’s training, to be inspired and motivated, to hope that I can inspire atleast one person into realizing that they can redefine their impossible too, to get a boost from kudos, to learn from others when they post about their experiences and thoughts, to … you get the drift. I love social media and consider it part of my training repertoire.
But social media also has the reverse effect. Sometimes I feel … off.
When I don’t have a goal race and I see others posting bib numbers and their training, I look forward to cheering everyone but also down for myself; even though it was MY choice not to have a goal race.
When I see the effort and fun that others are putting in towards that goal, I get excited for them but I feel lost because I’m only exercising without a goal; even though it was MY choice to step back until Fall of this year.
When my friends and training partners run or ride long, I am filled with admiration on how they are moving one step closer to their dream, but I feel like I’m being “lazy”; even though it was MY choice to take on my work and other family commitments.
As a forever slow runner, I have learnt not to compare myself to others and I’m usually very good at it. Everyone’s abilities are different and everyone is on their own pace and path. I love to run (and ride) and I don’t care if I’m the sloth out there when everyone is done and gone. I’m just thankful to be able to and to enjoy it.
But this time, I get an overwhelming feeling of wanting to run away and not know what the rest of the world is doing or care about it.
A feeling of wanting to jump in and join everyone but not being able to.
A wave of frustration as I look back on my own path or when I look ahead (although looking too far ahead is never a good idea when you have wild ideas and I know that I’m completely missing the picture when I look back and get frustrated.)
A mixture of legitimate reasons with extra real-life involvement and flimsy grasping-at-air excuses to hide away.
And I have no idea what brought on this non-motivation, because like I said – it is MY choice to step back and not forced to by injury or something worse.
Maybe it is a phase.
Maybe something is changing in me and I need to give myself a shake and jump back in.
Maybe it needs me to remind myself more than ever that it is my life, my path, my race, my pace.
Or Maybe I just need to ride the wave and take time off and only start over again when my heart, mind and body is willing.
Either way, it’s a very very strange place for me to be in and I long for the day that I’ll get overexcited with social media postings and peer pressure for races and formulate new plans and goals and adventures.
Until then …
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