My Lean Horse 100 race report was published in the November issue of UltraRunning Magazine! It’s a condensed and better version than what is on the blog. I’ll share it once the next issue is released.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to explore the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range as well as the Great Sand Dune National Park.
And while I was waiting with someone Friday afternoon, at the campgrounds, for the others in the group to arrive, we killed time by playing Truth or Dare. Which ended up just being Truth or Truth. But on one of the rare occasions that I said Dare, I was dared to not check any social media accounts for the entire weekend.
I only used my phone for taking pictures. The rest of the weekend was filled with great company, great food, great (box) wine, great runs, great scenery and perfect fall weather.
I was more in the moment because of my dare. And by being in the moment, I believe that the flavors of life become the best in life. Completely immersed in the moment, each moment became the best moment.
Had I accessed any social media accounts, I’m not sure if I would have had any less of a good time. But I know that by not looking at them, this was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. I may have missed out on a good laugh or interesting conversation if I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. Or I may have missed a shooting star or the perfect chance to snap a photo.
Even though it was only a 48 hour cleanse, I find myself wondering why I (and I assume, we as a society) spend so much time using social media. It really is a distraction of life. What’s really the point of using social media except to fuel our egocentric culture?
It’s a great way to misuse our personal alone time and it’s a great way detach yourself from the moments with friends and family, the moments that really matter.
Yes, it does feel a little silly typing all of this and then posting it to this blog.
I hope to spend less time online and more time in tune with my environment. Less time sharing memories and more time collecting them. Hopefully you will do the same…
I have two articles published on UltraRunning Magazine’s website!
Two Wrongs Make It Alright: http://www.ultrarunning.com/featured/two-wrongs-make-it-alright/
Hope everyone enjoys them and let me know what you think of them!
Follow your path.
The destination is all the same for everyone here, you might as well make your journey as unique, incredible and worthwhile as possible. Follow your curiosity from one thing to the next. If material possessions are weighing you down, rid yourself of them to be free to do whatever you please. Don’t let your current situation hold you back from being who you are meant to be. Don’t be scared to fly, to open up, to live life on your own terms. Everyone who has broken free was scared too. They’re on the other side of fear, cheering you on with a helping hand and a guiding voice to let you know that the views are amazing and that everything will be just fine if you step out of the cage. Life is never easy no matter which direction you choose, so you might as well choose your own path. Follow your heart. Follow your dreams. See where they take you. You won’t be disappointed. Trust in yourself. Trust that everything will be fine and that everything will work out. Out there is a world so beautiful. So beautiful you can’t even fathom. Whatever it is that you want or want to do, I say go for it. It is your story, your journey. Remember, the destination is the same for everyone, so there’s no need to dwell on it. Dwell on the possibilities of what could or might happen. If everything happens for a reason, then your reason for being alive is to…
Follow your path.
The further we look outward, the further we look inward. When we look down on the valleys or up at the mountains, we find tranquility. When we look towards the stars and the galaxies, we question our existence and our purpose, individually and as a whole. We look infinitely away at the same time look infinitely here. Nothing else makes those questions burn so bright inside us. And the further we look, the closer we come to ourselves.
I think, too often, that many people think of life as something you get by in. Something that just goes by in the blink of an eye because of the monotonous routine designed by modern society.
Real life, truly being alive in adventures and in the dreams of the soul, is viewed as unobtainable to the masses. Life, really being alive and awake, is only a dream to many out there.
Most people just exist in the currents of life and never paddle towards the life meant for them. They drift by without effort to obtain what they want deep down inside.
The world we live in is a remarkable place. Everywhere you turn you will find wonder, somewhere to make you happy, somewhere to make you feel alive. There is so much to explore but so little time that we have.
Life is meant to be lived. It is not something that you just daydream about. It’s something you do.
Life is but a dream. Life is beautiful.
Now go live it.
“Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.” C.S. Lewis
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