It was all the more shocking because it was only 10 minutes long!
I had one of those moments where the “A-HA” bulbs started flashing all over the place.
It felt like I was Kate Middleton being stalked by paparazzi.
Pop. Pop. Pop.
Bubbles of A-HA! juice bursting all around me.
It was deelightful!
And it gave me the idea for today’s post.
I have no idea where the running metaphor (the marathon of life) came in, because I’m no runner yo.
I have weak ankles from figure skating and prancing my Christian Louboutin wearing self all over the city (spraining said ankles because those curbs are just too darn high if you ask me).
Also, my knees don’t like the high impact of the concrete jungle I live in.
AND, I don’t get that runner’s high that everyone talks about. Trust me. If I got high from running? I would SOOO be running.
But alas, when the metaphor works, go with it.
I recorded some fun videos for The Birthday Month Experience awhile back.
In one of them, I talk about life being a marathon, not a sprint.
It’s funny how the same lessons circle around like a lasso, until we finally “get it”.
Well, I think I’ve finally got it.
It’s a marathon of epic + lengthy proportions (if you’re lucky).
It’s about getting out there on the track and pacing yourself.
There might be moments of sprinting, like when you’re circling the corner and you want to gain a bit of momentum.
And there might be moments of slowing down, catching your breath, or throwing back a cup of water.
But overall, it’s really about maintaining a “slow and steady” wins the race pace.
In theory I loooove this idea. It means there’s no rush to the finish line (’cause there’s no finish line anyway).
Great news because I loathe rushing!
It means that there’s plenty of time for me to do all the things I want to do.
And yet, deep within I’m either built or have been programmed (probably a bit of both) to excel in the sprint zone.
Give me a tight deadline and a hundred balls to juggle and damn it, I will make. that. deadline.
Put me on a film set where we’ve got less than an hour to setup and get the most important shot of the day – game on!
Hand me a project, event, wedding or other time sensitive endeavor and honestly, I’m in my zone.
In fact, I’m kind of a rockstar at crankin’ out the seemingly impossible.
I can sprint like Flo-Jo circa 1988.
But when it comes to this whole marathon, slow-and-steady-wins-the-race thing? It’s not my forte. At least that’s what I’ve told myself, for, like, ever.
But in yesterdays masterful coaching session it finally clicked.
I’ve been sprinting through life like it’s a mad dash. Like I’m a contestant on The Amazing Race.
No wonder I have had adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, depression, exhaustion, overwhelming stress, panic attacks, feelings of defeat and more!
No wonder I’ve felt disconnected, have financial struggles and no time for fun.
I’ve been doing this life stuff at Mach 10.
Can you relate to this?
Are you skating through life at top speed?
Are you perpetually exhausted and chronically sick?
Are you frantically trying to juggle a million balls every single day (while hopping up and down and one foot)?
If so, I feel you.
The good news? And yes, there’s some good news in all this.
You’re built to succeed. And you’re a total rockstar!
Yep, it’s true.
Our ability to sprint to the finish line is a skill.
Not everyone has it. And not everyone can do it well.
My guess is . . . you’re a PRO!
And that’s something to celebrate.
You get the job done. Impeccably. And on time.
You show up for your kids parent teacher conferences.
You get yourself to the gym / yoga class / or out for a run on most days.
You multi-task at work, at home and in life.
You’re pretty damn spectacular!
But like all stars that shine so bright, eventually they burn out.
The very thing that feeds you and keeps you going and makes you so amazing, is the thing that will destroy your spirit, if you let it. If you don’t slow down from time to time to replenish, refuel and reevaluate.
The great thing about realizing that you’re running a sprint, in a marathon world is just that, you’re aware.
You’re awake and hip to the idea that you need to slow it up a bit.
And that’s exactly what I want you to join me in doing today.
Notice where you’re sprinting through life.
Make notes about all the places that you operate on fast forward.
Then looking at each of those places, how can you slow it up?
Is there someone who can share the burden of household chores (your partner, kids or *gasp* a house cleaner)?
Is there a colleague who can share the work load?
Do you need to hire an assistant?
How can you carve out some YOU time? Some time for rest + relaxation.
I challenge you to find time this week to slow down.
Maybe even figure out how to stop altogether.
Whatever you do and however you do it, recognize that you are worthy of this pace. That you deserve to feel great + be great.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on marathons vs. sprints. Which are you better at? Which do you prefer? Do you have any thoughts on slowing things up and reaching that marathon pace that we all so need/desire?
Leave me a comment below!