Sep 012014

I’ve got a bit of the blues. As I wrote before, things are going my a bit too much.

If the goal is running, is getting back then the goal of your goal?

If the goal is running, is getting back then the goal of your goal?

Having thought this over a bit further I came to the conclusion that I needed a goal. Something to work towards. Something that would challenge me in a new (and perhaps) scary way.

It’s not that I didn’t know what I would want, I have some pretty good ideas about interesting goals I would happily work towards. Interplanetary (interstellar!) travel would be a good one. An end to corruption a good second.

Lofty goals.

A bit too lofty, as I haven’t got the faintest clue as to where to start and the chances of actually fulfilling this are well, slim, to say the least. And thus as real goals they don’t really work, they don’t inspire, they just paralyze.

Last night, lying awake for a while, mulling this (and many other things) over in the back of my head a few of my favorite philosophical one-liners (ok, one is a one-liner, the second a two-liner) came to mind:

”If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
There is no perfect first step. It’s more important to take a step and to correct your course when you see where you are after taking it.”

I don’t know what to do. I’m not happy with my current situation. But it’s obvious that doing nothing isn’t going to solve anything either.

So I’ll make a change. Something. Anything really. Anything that’s different from what I’m doing now. Something that changes my life in some positive way.

And I realized what would be perfect. I don’t cycle anymore (bad plan in London). I do some sports, but as much as I like sword-fighting, it doesn’t really tire me out. Thus, I’ll pick up my old hobby / nemesis: I’ll start running again.

As it’s (almost) the beginning of a new month, this fits perfectly well with my monthly challenge. So for September, I’ll run every day!

I’ve been reading a very interesting book on the formation of habits. That’s basically what I’m trying to do here, get it engrained in my system that I will always go for a run, try to build up a very healthy habit this way. Let’s see how that goes a few months further into the future…
I will do this right after coming home from work, or on days that I don’t go to work, I’ll do it right after getting up. It doesn’t matter how long I go running, as long as I do it (once the habit takes hold, I know myself well enough that I will start pushing myself to do more).

Perhaps however every day slightly too much of a good thing, so I’ll allow myself a single day in September in which I don’t do this.

And as I’ve been failing miserable at my last few months of challenge (I can’t even really remember anymore what it was for this month, except that it was the second month I was going to do it. Oops…) I’ll add a bit of spice to this to make sure that I’ll stick to it: If I skip more than a single day of running this month I’ll donate a thousand Euro to a to-be-specified good cause.

I’ll let you know next month how it went!

Bastiaan ReininkI’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.

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