I have never do exercised before coming to Gothenburg, Sweden. I was just a typical office lady (um…let say architect) who spent more than 10 hours a day on the desk or on site. Before coming here, I decided to buy my first running shoes. Like seriously! I have been living for almost 3 decades and this is my first running shoes.
Yesterday, it was the first time I chose to go running even the weather was pretty bad like typical day in Gothenberg, windy and rainy. I kept avoiding running in the cloudy days and wait to enjoy running in the sun. But wait…Waiting for the nice weather here in Gothenburg, combine with my class and meeting schedule and assignments from Chalmers, it is the worst combination ever. ‘It is Gothenberg!’, I will get a chance to do only NOTHING in the sun. So I started running.
‘Nice weather’, it was my excuse of doing nothing for a long time. For those who want to run outside, there is a lot of spots in Gothenburg, Botaniska, Änggårdsbergen, Slottsskogen, Delsjon, etc. Running outside is the strategy to keep me running because it is a ‘no going back’ route, even sometime I want to give up so bad. The further I go, the longer I need to run back. I decided to go around Delsjon lake. I learnt several things about life during that 11-km running.
Running outside by myself, I will get 90% chance of singing loud (lets say screaming) while running. And you know what, I am the worse singer ever. Life has forced you to care about what the others think about you. The only thing I needed to care at that point was how to finish the route, as in my GOAL.
I was so tired. I did not try to check how long and how far I have been running. I know if I checked it, I will give up. Similarly, it is like setting a life goal. You will be more tired for sure but as long as you keep on running or even walking, you will get one-step closer to where you want to be. Again, it is like everything in your life. Nothing is easy. People notice you when you are success. No one sees when you fail. Or how hard you have been trying to get there. When I see the uphill route, I was, of course, cursing myself. However, slowly but steady, I will get there. Sometimes it is not about how fast you get there, it is about the journey and what is waiting on the other side.
The more practicing you did, the tougher you are, not the obstacles. There is a lot of people surpass you. They might be better or just have been practicing longer. But nothing can compare your determination.
No such nice weather, it is your own determination that will get you there. :D