Have you ever been inspired by something, yet found the message just a bit off?
I have heard that it's a sign of intelligence to hold opposing views of the same thing. This video from Reebok did just that for me.
The video is empowering in the sense that asks us to acknowledge that our time on earth is limited, but to me, it leans too far into the “no pain, no gain” mentality.
According to Yan Martin, Reebok's VP of Global Brand Communications, the overall message of the video is your time here is limited so, it is time to get running and that you must honor the body you've been given and make the most of the days you do have left.
The message is solid except for the “get running” part. We all do too much “running” as it is. Running from commitment to commitment, playing “catch-up,” keeping busy to distract ourselves from underlying hurt or from not feeling “good enough.”
I’ve slowly let go of that philosophy over the past eight years. It wasn’t all at once. It was a journey of “aha’s” that has developed into new ways of thinking and being.
It was a journey of self-discovery that revealed what I authentically value and how I want to live. Peeling away all the expectations of others, losing the external measurement of success, and letting go of my self-limiting beliefs (well, most of them).
However, I can honestly say that I have realized more peace and personal fulfillment by “trying easy.” I have more vibrant health (physically and mentally), have found a way to contribute my gifts to the world, and my close relationships are more whole-hearted.
I think that we all need to stop running and slow down enough to listen to our hearts and recognize that each day is a gift. We are not in or of this world indefinitely. Each of us is here for an average of 71 years -- that's just 25,915 days!
Since I am pretty average in most respects, then I have approximately 8,030 days left. How about you?
Acknowledging that our time here is finite tends to put life into perspective. It makes me want plan my days to make the best of them and continue on this path of self-discovery and joy by slowing down and enjoying the life I've created for myself. Time is limited. And we all deserve to live an authentic life that we love.
If you are not living a life you love then it’s time to check in with your inner GPS and do some soul work. Stop running, slow down and take that dive inward. We might just find our "true north" in the stillness and live each day more intentionally.