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WHAT'S YOUR JOURNEY?

Merrell Ambassador Faith Shorney, shares the simplicity and beauty of running.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Life is journey, not a destination” but I’ve always felt that having a destination, or a goal to work towards, gives us some sense of purpose, otherwise what is it we are all doing here anyway? I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the journeys, both personal and physical, which have brought me to where I am today, and where I see that journey going from here. I’m not concerned with the destination, I have a clear idea of where I’m heading and I’m just learning to enjoy the process of getting there and learning to live in the present moment.

Running is an excellent metaphor for life and since a lot of my life has been about running in recent years, it makes sense that it has taught me a lot about life and about myself. Running has allowed me to find the present moment and to show up in it, to meet with myself and to understand more about life and the journey. This journey of running in particular, like most, has been a bumpy road at times, injuries and setbacks have left me disheartened and ashamed, but with every new day I am able to find the path again, to turn a new corner and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.


I’ve realised that my life is a series of journeys and that I am never in one place for very long, there is no structure or sense of stability, at least not in a conventional sense, but this is where I have learned find my own stability: within my mobility. This new found way of being has allowed me to constantly move and still feet like my feet are rooted to the ground. Running has taught me that.

Running for me is freedom, adventure, exploration, joy, honesty, integrity and mobility; running is the days when the sun shines on your face and takes all your troubles away, running is the rain that washes away even the most painful experiences, running is the wind that blows so loud that it drowns out every thought.


Running is the spring in your stride and the bliss of being exactly who you want to be in those precious moments when you find yourself alone on the path. Running is the opposite of standing still, it is letting go allowing the strength in your beautiful legs move to you forward through this journey we call life. There’s no hurry, this is not a race, there is no set destination, it’s just you and the sound of your feet falling as they land upon the earth and it catches you as you fall.  This is your time, this is your body, your life and your journey.

 

 

 

30/06/2014
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