I was out running on Christmas eve with a good friend when he brought up a theory. His theory was simple, we are all existing in a state of discomfort wanting more comfort and even if your discomfort might be mild in comparison to someone else’s, the yern for a more comfortable state is just as real.
To look at pain, suffering, and agony disguised as one’s relative discomfort could simply be remedied by putting the body and mind in a more comfortable state.
So, when out for a long run the mind will operate in default. It will succumb to label what you are doing in that moment as being incredibly uncomfortable and the slow countdown to when this stupid run is over and the comfort of a chair or rest becomes overwhelming.
I challenge all of you to do three things:
3. Look around.
As a runner, I routinely fabricate opportunity to exit this comfortable world we’ve engineered and challenge myself with something hard that really doesn’t matter. The two important things to remember are: this discomfort has an expiry date and it is a choice.
As a member of the rare disease community I am reminded that discomfort is a stark reality that faces rare families every hour of every day and has no known expiry and is not a choice. These unsung heroes wake everyday and are forced to master both challenge 1 and 2 without applause like we recieve at a marathon finish line or a humble brag on Instagram.
So, as an ultra endurance runner I look no further for inspiration than the community of these rare warriors.
The moment we as runners can accept our current state, and exist in gratitude knowing our discomfort has an expiry date and is a choice our limits become endless.
Look around. The strongest and most capable people are often those you least expect.