We all have the power to motivate.
Twitter is great for many things. Like links to good information, humor, and encouragement. It can also be quite a good source of motivation. And that’s what I got today. I posted a tweet earlier today saying it was so warm here today in the San Francisco Bay Area that I thought I’d go for a trail run after work. Then I remembered it’s still January and the sun sets at 5:30.
I suddenly realized I had fallen asleep at the wheel. Just 16 months ago I was in physical therapy barely able to walk without pain from a terrible back injury. Now I’m about to make excuses for not getting out and running? The injured me would never have let me not go.
I had excuses, though. My knee has been bothering me and quite painful at times. I didn’t get home from work until after 8pm. I am tired. Getting to and from the trails will take 40 minutes of time. I need to do some more work. I might trip in the dark. The list goes on.
These were legitimate excuses. But they’re still excuses. I knew I would ultimately feel better for running, yet I would have given in to these excuses and stayed home had it not been for Stuart and Jason’s tweets. Two short sentences. Yet so powerful.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable run, enjoying the mix of warm and cool breezes on my skin, the raw smell of nature, and the solitude (except for the glowing eyes). As the blood began pumping faster through my veins I woke up from my mental slumber. It felt good to break free from the normalcy and redundancy of everyday life.
What moved me the most, though, was the ability we each have to encourage one another to get out there and seize the day. Or, in this case, the night. Carpe noctem, folks. Seize the night.
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