Sunday, November 4, 2012
A Letter To Harry Potter
Dear Harry Potter,
Every year I write a letter to someone I consider a friend before they take on 26.2. If you had ever told me that it would be you, I would have casually suggested you stop smoking crack...
Because to me, you are the coolest cat in town. You never show fear. You just roll with it. You own your destiny. You are one of Those People.
Hey~ You People!
You get this running thing, and you get what it means to the people around you.
Yesterday you seemed.. not nervous about your race, exactly...
Just, for a minute there, you looked like a marathoner about to undertake something amazing who was
nervous about your race... exactly.
I really just wanted to write to you to say this...
“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist
The courage at going all out and "sell out" on race day is what makes you a galactically badass runner. You said something about if it goes down, it's going down ugly... Is that sort of like saying you might fail and have to be carried the last mile?
In my mind, I don't think "fail" is a possible outcome. Success is measured by what...? Lack of Failure? Time? Are we sure about that?
Couldn't one argue that success is measured by courage?
And if that's the case, haven't you already succeeded?
I listened to you yesterday, and here's what I think I heard... you would rather sell out and run the line, than achieve mediocrity and wonder what might have been.
Perhaps I'm wrong. Perhaps you said something about being safe, playing to finish and just getting by... who knows, I'm a girl, girls interpret things "differently than they're intended" all the time ~or so I'm told~.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, it's the appropriate response to fear" ~ Nina Rosenstand, Ethicist ~
So go out there and run the edge, my friend.
Be in the moment. I will be out there to cheer for you. To spectate you. And to run "with" you. And if needed, to help Coach Black carry your sorry a** across the finishline. 'Cos isn't that what friends do?
oh, and Try Not To Suck.
~savor the run~