Have you ever heard that the grass is always greener on the side? Or that comparison is the the thief of joy?
In my non-running circles, people often ask me about my running. When I tell them what I’ve been doing, the usual response is something like this: “I could never do what you do.”
But you can. You absolutely can.
Can you do it right now? Maybe not.
You might not be able to run a marathon right now (if you even want too, because lots of runners don’t intend to ever run a marathon – it’s not as if the marathon is some magical ultimate goal for everyone). But that doesn’t mean that you can’t run a marathon.
We tend to get caught up in what we can’t or didn’t accomplish instead of all the awesome things that we CAN and HAVE accomplished.
You think you can’t run. That’s probably not true, but for the sake of this discussion, let’s assume that it is true.
What can you do? Can you walk around your block? You can? That’s great! Thank your body for allowing you to walk around the block, and next time, ask it do a little more. And then a little more. And before you know it, you’re walking for miles, maybe even with some short running spurts/intervals mixed in with the walking.
And if you keep doing that, practicing gratitude along the way while continuing to ask just a little bit more – there’s no telling what you might be able to accomplish.
And guess what? No matter how great of a runner, there’s always someone that is faster and stronger. There will always be people that can do things that you can’t (yet) do. But you’re also the person that can do things that other people can’t (yet) do.
Essentially, comparisons (to anyone other than yourself) are relatively useless.
So look at what you can do! Celebrate what you can do! And when you do that, and appreciate your body for what it can do, instead of what it can’t, you just might be able to unlock all kinds of doors for yourself.