When I left the corporate world over four years ago, I did so in direct contrast to everything that had led me to that point previously. College begat grad school which begat interviews with governmental agencies which begat…52 Marathons in one year? Where in the heck did that come from? Wait, you are now moving to Utah and taking a huge pay cut to take a job in the running world? And now that job was rubbish so you are going to work for yourself? Now you are picking up and moving to Portland because you just sorta wanna? Yep.
This was not done fearlessly. For those who applaud my braveness in taking on the unknown, I am quick to tell them that half of my decisions were simply reactions to things out of my control. I am rigid but I can adapt. Both attributes have been paramount to my steadfast decision to never work an ordinary job again. Curve balls would only begin to describe what has been thrown at me as I have done my best to move forward.
A year ago I was sitting on the cusp of a life-changing decision – one that would reward me for the past thousand days of feeling I can do that which I have wanted and make a living at it. I took the plunge and it worked out mostly for the better. While making everything go where I want is still quite tough I don't think I would be anywhere this happy if I had stayed in the suit-and-tie-world I felt for two decades was exactly what I wanted to do.
Focusing on a goal and sinking our teeth into it deeply all while shrugging off the stings of arrows is what gets many of us through each tough day. You cannot do so while ignoring that around you but being aware and reacting is different from knowing and being distracted. If you have a goal, and you think it is worthwhile, then do not let anyone or anything stand in your way. Life, like running, rarely rewards those who sit on the sidelines.
The finisher’s medals in life are not handed out to those who do not participate.