Parenthood often means living in the past and the future. We’re either cleaning up from the family dinner or we’re preparing book bags and lunches for tomorrow. I think that many (if not most) of our parental efforts exist within these two domains of what’s “finished” and “to-do.” Before you know it, life becomes a “chore” and we need bumper sticker reminders that “life is meant to be lived” or to “seize the day.”
For me, running (and exercise in general) stops this collision of the past and future. It becomes essential to the day, it is essential to seizing the day. Our bodies are made to be dynamic, movement brings us into the moments of the present. The sweat strips down the day and allows me to get lost in the “right now.” For that I am grateful. And for that, I’ll get up tomorrow and want to do it again.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
Henry David Thoreau
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