Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Carpe Diem 3
Today I woke up a little bit earlier than yesterday (yeah!) and went for a quick run, sans music. Usually I tune in on my runs to help get me through the "grind." But, today I felt like I didn't want to just get through the run, I wanted to be present and experience it. I stopped thinking "Am I running fast enough?", "Am I running too fast", "How much further?", or "Have I run far enough?" Then, I started relaxing and just enjoying each moment without trying to compete with myself. I even stopped a few times to take some pictures without stressing that I was either going to get back home too late, or I wasn't going to be able to get in a certain mileage. It felt really nice and freeing. I paid attention to the sky instead of the pavement in front of me, and enjoyed the pastel colors that come as the sun is rising.
As I was on the pedestrian bridge taking the first photograph the lyrics "Let the sun shine in, let the sun shine in, the sun shine in . . ." were as much literal as spiritual. It was a great beginning to a new day.