Isn’t it crazy how life can change in the blink of an eye, and transform into something that you never imagined or dreamed? I feel like in those instances, you can approach it in two different ways. 

For one, you can take the feel sorry for me route. I feel like this is the easiest way to go, mostly because it makes you feel good — at least for the short term. You get attention and care and love and everything that you need to make it through, and temporarily, it makes you feel good. 

Secondly, you can look at these issues as a challenge that you need to conquer. Adversity, it is something that we will all face at some point in our life. Sickness, loss of work, something — we will face it and we will have an opportunity to do one of two things. Either we can face it and choose to fight it, or we can choose to run from it. 

So, what makes us choose which option we pick? I feel like there are a multitude of different things. 

For one, it’s something that we have inside of us. The determination, the will to face what’s bad and to fight for what’s right. But secondly, I think it comes down to perspective.

We all face bad situations in our life. Even that person down the street, that seems to always have a smile on their face and the perfect life — I’m sure if you had a conversation with them, you would realize that it is not the case. It’s not lies, it’s all perspective.

Perspective quote

 

Perspective to appreciate the good that we have in our lives.

Perspective to transform the situation and understand that yes, it may suck but it may result in something positive. 

Perspective to see how amazing YOU are and what you can contribute to the situation to make it better.

So, this is a running blog — what does this have to do with running?

PLENTY. Your perspective on running — having the confidence in yourself — can be the difference to pushing yourself to the next level. 

It can also be the difference in being able to take step back and understanding what YOU need. Especially when we are injured, it is so easy to be drawn into the “feel sorry for me” mantra, where all we can think about is how our dreams our shattered and we’ll never reach our goals. But, it may be a blessing in disguise! Flip that perspective and see what it opens your world up to — you may be able to try different work outs, spend more time with your friends and family or enjoy a different hobby on your list. 

So, when the going gets tough, the tough take a step back. And focus on the situation and how you can shape your perspective. 

 

Are you an optimist, realist or pessimist? 

Do you feel like a situation depends on how you perceive it? Why or why not? 

 

 



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