Monday, April 22, 2013

[A-Z Challenge] R for Running

Quirks of Life starting with R is Running. Running - one activity that we engage in from the beginning and somehow it stays with us throughout our lives. This is part of April A-Z challenge details of which is present here.


From the time we learn walking, we want to run. We want to reach somewhere faster than our walking legs would want to take us. It may be an allure of a toy, or a sweet or maybe a simple hug from our parents. 

We run for it because we want it more than anything else at that point of time. In school, too the first competition we are put in is where we have to run faster than rest of the kids around us. 

Overtime, this running translates into chasing our dreams. Few of us give up at an early stage. Fewer still keep on running for it hoping for luck. Some of us will be in a perennial stop-start-stop mode. Fewer still will go the distance. Yet some of us who abandoned chasing our dreams are put into another race.

This race designed by society where you are given the responsibility to study, get a job, get married, acquire wealth as much as possible, have kids and tell the kids to do the same thing over again. It is a peculiar race where getting to each milestone means you have to run harder than before. 

There is no stopping in this race. Your friends and families, ask you to go further and further so that you are better your peers and other people. Some of us live out our entire lives in this race without stopping missing out on the smaller intangible pleasures of life. 

Some of us get an epiphany, and we realize this running is not worth and get out of it sooner and start running to chase their dreams. This restart of an abandoned race will be done with more vigor and resolve than before. 

 Maybe we forget to stop in this race. We never stop running until our body gives up. In the movie -  The Pursuit of Happyness, there is a scene when the voice over describes - 
"This part of my life is called running."  May be we forget that running is still only the part of life in that sentence!

PS: The entire idea for the post came from that one line - This part of my life is called running. Somehow that line had stayed with me and it came back when I thought of writing this.

16 comments:

  1. Running is a perfect metaphor for life! Love the Pursuit of Happyness!

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    1. So true! Thanks a lot for visiting!

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  2. A wonderful post! It's true we are constantly running and sometimes we don't realise that when we are running from something, we are running towards something else. Glad you choice this topic and love the reference from Pursuit of Happyness.

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    1. Very very glad! One of my favorite is Pursuit of Happiness so it had to come somewhere! :)

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  3. Beautiful thought and such an apt analogy between running and race of life which never stops !
    Run forrest run types :)
    fellow A to Zer
    Good day

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    1. Glad you stopped by! Very happy that you liked it!

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  4. I love your work. I lost my first school race, blamed my shoes and was devastated... I managed to recover from a shoe addiction later in life. I do feel like running sometimes, for the freedom of it, the reality is, I don't, probably why I didn't get caught up in the race, but I do like walking. This spoke to me, nice post (I might even go for a little jog soon :)

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    1. Well - this is a first for me. I am humbled. Very happy that this post connected with you! Hope I can write more of such posts! Thanks a ton for that wonderful comment!

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  5. Aha! A post inspired by a line... simply fabulous!
    That's so very true, our entire life is spent in running after something or the other...

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    1. Yep..somehow these days my posts actually start by knowing how it will end. Earlier, I knew how to start and will leave it to thoughts how it needs to come to an end....I have started rambling!

      Thanks for your continued encouragement! Always pushes me to go a little more further! :)

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  6. Wow, what a powerful post. I honestly never looked at all of life as running. Lucy from Lucy's Reality

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    1. Thanks Lucy. Glad you shared it too! :)

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  7. It's so sad and yet so true that so many people stop running after there dreams. Reality intervenes, stamps its foot, and dreams are left in the dust. Thank you for the reminder that its never too late to go back and collect them.

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    1. Reality tests our resolve to chase our dreams! Thanks a lot for stopping by!

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  8. aah run run run .... but then why ..where is questions we ponder only when nnothign works!

    wonderful post!

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    1. Thanks a lot,Sound! Feels really good when you stop by!

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