The more I consider, research, and commit to training for a marathon, the more I think I can learn some very valuable life lessons. I tend to be a both feet first, all gas no brakes, constipation of the brain, diarrhea of the mouth kinda gal. I do everything spur of the moment, all or nothing. This is exactly the opposite of my kneejerk passion.
I am looking forward to learning about commitment, settling in for the long haul, and the value of endurance. Mostly because for all my all or nothing kind of fire has gotten me into a TON of scrapes. It was a good quality, from time to time, but kind of hit or miss. And who doesn’t benefit from tempering enthusiasm with wisdom? Here goes nothing then! Lets hope a marathon makes me a wiser person.
On the other hand, as a mother, I wonder if I am cheating my children for my ambition. They will need to be babysat, can’t come on every run. But am I also teaching them something? That you’re never too old to learn? That sticking to your commitment no matter how difficult, is VERY important? That helping others is essential to living life correctly? That giving up because its “too hard” is NEVER an option? Or are they too young to pick up these lessons?
Feel free to weigh in folks.