running faster but slowing down
lacing up my shoes, plugging in my iPod and whistling for Jasper puts me at ease. i hear the hum of music but it is quiet, a stillness envelopes me — i am breathing, the trees loom and i can feel my footsteps pushing me along. i am taller and stronger and i can think through my day, my week, until all the pieces clinking around snap together. i have a plan. i drift. i find my rhythm. i enjoy.
left, right, up and to the side around the roots, through the puddles across a bridge….i am breathing and it’s easier than yesterday. how did i get here in this moment? running has not always been my bliss. more often it is hard work and something i dread. as the years went by and my time became more limited, i embraced the immediacy of a run. anywhere, anytime, any city, any weather…i can run.
my pace picks up and my breathing shallows, my feet move faster but i slow down.
it may not be running, it might be singing in the shower, drinking your coffee in the cafe, taking a simple walk outside but you mostly likely have that one ‘thing’ that makes you slow down.
remember it is there. find it. feed it and give yourself some time to slow down.