I am a runner.
Sometimes my narrator tries to convince me that I am someone who used to run, or someone who just runs now and then.
Sometimes when I tell other people I run, they try to convince me that running will ruin my knees.
Sometimes I wonder if I will injure myself again.
Sometimes I think about giving up, and slowing down.
Sometimes fear creeps in.
Maybe it is each and every choice to run that makes me a runner.
Maybe my voice can override those other voices.
Maybe it is lack of activity that also ruins knees.
Maybe I could listen to the orthopedic doctor who said I would be running into my 80’s with the right plan.
Maybe my miles will decrease, but my activity will remain.
Maybe learning to dance with fear is better in the long run.
Where have you been convinced that you should give up, slow down, and stop “running”?
Where has the fear or the voices told you that it is too late?
Perhaps we could all be running into our 80’s.
Perhaps you could be [insert your activity, goal, or dream here] into your 80’s.
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Published by Carl Weber
Carl Weber, is the owner and founder of Carl Weber Consulting, a consulting group that helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals understand themselves, hire and manage well, and become great leaders. Carl worked in local government for more than ten years, as the Town Administrator of a few towns in NH. Once upon a time he was a search and rescue swimmer for the US Navy.
Carl holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science & Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA).
Carl regularly teaches on human factors and the relationship of behavior and leadership styles, as well as motivation, coaching, leadership challenges, and failing as a leader. His passion is to help leaders in their lifelong journey to finish well, to combat and work with their inner voice, and to live a meaningful story worth reading.
Carl lives in Southern New Hampshire with his wife Amanda and together they are raising a small tribe of four young (somewhat crazy) women with the goal of unleashing them on the world to change it for the better.
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9 thoughts on “Running into our 80’s”
*thought…isn’t it ironic?
Don’t you think?
Perfection again Carl, you know it. My narrator tells me ” You’re not aggressive, you’re dad is aggressive. You could never be like him.”
My friends laugh when I tell them that. It’s good to know that I am seen as aggressive, so I know that when I have to be aggressive I can just be myself. I have to put though into being less aggressive and that is where I find my time to think and put my narrator in it’s place. My buddy Ed taught me that.
I will have to meet this Ed buddy at some point.
What a great post, Carl…I bet you will be running into your 80’s! I certainly plan on hiking and playing kickball for as long as my body will let me!
It is sobering to think the power that others words or opinions can have over our psyche and our dreams/desires. However, just like you outlined, those words and opinions only have power if we let them.
We should plan a kickball reunion at some point soon. Or perhaps an all night drive to Florida? Glad you enjoyed the post, keep blogging and I look forward to those handwritten letters.
Ha! Sounds perfect…that was an epic road trip. I will send you my address soon.
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