Before change is made in the outer world, it’s made within an individual. Before I take action, I have to decide that I want to. There has to be desire and a reason inside of me first.
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
On my walk with my sister last night, I realized that one big thing that can completely 180 my energy is exercise, in particular, running.
I’ve been kind of lazy on that front lately, doing exercise that doesn’t challenge my mind, body, or heart. When I run, and run hard, it can be a meditation, it can be relaxing, it can be energizing, it can be exercise for my mind. When I finish a hard run/workout, I feel invigorated and energized.
I have been exercising, but I haven’t been running, and when I was running, I was running very slow. When I woke up this morning, I decided to start my day with a run. I ran to the gym, about a 2.4 mile run, and I pushed myself, and it was hot, and there was one big hill. 🙂
It felt sooooo good. It was hard and it was relaxing. I had to relax my mind, and I had to unite my breath with the rhythm of my steps. Sometimes I would just flow, other times I had to tell myself to just keep on putting one foot infront of the other, and soon enough I would arrive at my destination. It was the most amazing run I’ve had in a while. And when I got to the gym, I had the most amazing stretch, then weight lifted and walked back.
I realized the missing piece to my high energy equation, arduous exercise, in particular, running, and even more specific, running outside. It feels amazing.
From today’s running experience, I’ve decided that I’m going to sign up for the half marathon on my birthday, on August 28th. It would just be such an amazing way to start the morning of my birthday, plus, I’d have a new distance personal best and I’d have done something on my bucket list.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.