“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
What a glorious day. There’s something about sunny weather that cleanses the soul. And every time I think of Walt Whitman, I’m reminded of The Notebook, one of my favourite movies. Sunshine + Ryan Gosling? Endorphins were running high before I even got out on the track.
I remember receiving a text once upon a time with the message “your favorite movie” (American spelling intended). It had a picture of a notepad with a post-it stuck on the front with “The Notebook” written on it. It’s little things like that, that put a smile on my face to this day…I don’t know why, but it reminds me of this line in Noah’s last letter to Allie:
And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I will smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees learning from each other and growing in love.
Anyways, I could have gone for a much longer trip around the track today, but my canine companion tapped out. Guess there’s a first time for everything. Taking advantage of the momentum, however, I fit in a quick strength training session to round out the workout.
What are some of the little things that make you smile?
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney
I never want a future partner to wonder if he cares more about me than I do about myself, be it by my inaction, laziness, or indifference. I’ve let it happen, and the repercussions truly felt like a kick in the teeth. Man, did it hurt. I want my happily ever after, but thankfully Walt also knows how to put tough lessons into perspective.
Bluer skies, awesome puppy, and 6 laps = 2.4k…not too shabby
Keeping that in mind, I marched onto the track with my favourite running partner, Jagger, and looked up to see happier looking skies break through the storm clouds. Coincidence? Nah, I prefer to think of it much more poetically.
It’s amazing how a strong resolve gives you a newfound purpose. It requires action, and action creates momentum. Momentum leads to progress. And isn’t that what happiness is, progress? Even if it’s baby steps, a step forward feels so much better than being at a standstill.
That’s why I made another resolution to mark my laps by hand from here on out. It’s just so much more rewarding that way. Moving forward. Feels good, man.
“No incision in my vision just to get me where I’m at. That means I didn’t compromise; I stayed me for you. I stayed me for you.” – Pharrell Williams
“You don’t go for no ordinary Joe,” my mom said one time while I was professing my love for Pharrell Williams. I have to admit, she’s right.
As I set out to brave the sinister clouds threatening overhead for my daily trek around the track, the ‘why’ of it suddenly hit me. It’s because Pharrell really means it: everything he does sounds, feels, and looks like it’s from the heart.
13 laps = 5.2k
Those are the types of human beings I’m most attracted to. The sincere ones. The ones with passion. The ones whose creativity is intrinsic. They enchant me.
Maybe it’s because I feel like I can relate to them. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an insatiable curiosity for things. I could read before kindergarten, started playing piano at age 6, not because I was some kind of baby genius, but because I loved it. Spending hours just doing scales, or reading novels start to finish, or writing…it was, and still is, euphoria.
So when my heart and mind drifts to something in the past, it’s very unsettling. Can’t move forward if you’re holding onto something that’s behind you, right? Regaining balance is the reason why today I simply didn’t mind the rain pelting down on me as I methodically moved around the track, listening to some of my favourite tracks.
“My weight up, I refuse to wait up, I started a new race” – Drake
Intention can only get you so far. Accountability, that’s the ticket. Last night, I made up my mind to move forward with this goal, and then let the world in on it. And for me, when something’s written, it’s real. It exists. So hoodie up, head down, I braved the rain and got to stepping. When the Drake track popped up as I was heading toward the track, momentarily throwing me off track, I finally remembered why I thought of Baltimore every time I heard the Thank Me Later album. I-95 in ‘10…
With my pedometer app tripping, I decided not to and pulled out a pen instead. 13 strokes on my hand, one per lap – aka just over 5k. That was what I was aiming for. Then a few soccer kids took over, so I ended up dropping the one, ending it at three. 1.2k is still moving forward, right? All I know is that I’m not taking steps back.
What do you do when your plans get thrown?
Cast off your fear. Look forward! Go forward! Never stand still. Retreat and you will age. Hesitate and you will die. – Zangetsu
There are a lot of quotes out there. With sunsets in the background and Helvetica type, it’s easy to like, double tap, or retweet and forget about the meaning behind a sentence that has the potential to change your life. For me, words are too powerful to be forgotten.
So, I’m applying Zangetsu’s wisdom to For My Heart: 802k in 329 days. (April 30, 2014). Beyond physical fitness, it’s about personal growth. It began today, and it already feels right.
Along the way, I’m celebrating victories big and small, and will chronicle them, along with other daily musings.
I also want to hear from you: what are your goals? How do you lay them out? What do you do once you reach them?
Filed under Goals, Quotes
“Yeah, I believe in sequels. I just remind myself that they didn’t cast Adam West to play Batman in The Dark Knight.”