On Sunday, Mike and I rode our bikes with our neighbors to the Pulaski bridge to watch the marathon runners hit mile 14. The idea of running 26.2 miles (in the cold) seems impossible to me, but right in front of my eyes I watch thousands of people doing the impossible. Some were wearing Forest Gump outfits, some were talking on their cell phones (really?), but most were wearing a huge smile.
If I only saw one person running the marathon I would have thought that person is special and there’s no way I could do that. But 46,536 people completed the marathon. When you see all those people it makes you feel like you can do it too. Take some inspiration from the amazing runners. No one runs a marathon the first time they go for a jog around the block. Every great feat needs a plan of action, commitment and patience. Everyone can succeed with these simple tools.
If you’re writing a novel look at the sheer volume of published works. If you’re trying to lose weight, go online and read thousands of people’s success stories. If you’re starting a new business walk down a commercial street and recognize that every store, and everything in that store was created by a person with a crazy idea. You are not alone. You are just another person in an amazing marathon. And maybe take another cue from the runners – they had hundreds of people cheering them on. Don’t be afraid to ask people to support you.
We went to cheer on our friend Nathan, who sold us our awesome bikes. It was so exciting to see a friend amoung the masses, and we rung our bike bells like crazy! I remember when he first mentioned that he wanted to run the marathon. At first I didn’t take it seriously, but soon enough he was running double digit miles every day and cutting out alcohol and other things that would slow him down. When we saw him run past he made it look effortless, but I know it took extreme dedication, motivation, sacrifice and persistence.