Here we are in the last weeks of June… Summer has officially arrived, school is out for the season, the days grow a little more lazy and for the second year in a row I continue partaking in my daily blogging exercise, marginally focused along a question-and-answer theme I’ve simply called Those 30 posts in June. Still no planning. Still no writing of these words days in advance. Still just this: each day a meanderingly vague prompt drives a meanderingly vague post… and today that post just happens to be:
June 22st // Something You Want To Understand
Our clinic had a pretty good talk last night on the philosophy of running.
It’s a topic I’ve alluded to here a few times. Specifically, the problem that I tend to wend my dialogues towards is the question of WHY? It is a question I’m not only asked directly, but asked implicitly and a question I find myself asking my own rational mind on many occasions.
But there seems to be more than the question of “why?” that I want to understand. Why? Well, because in many ways “why?” is a question that can be answered too simply. It is a question that can be shrugged off. It was a question that was shrugged off by many last night: “Why do you run?”
“To get in shape.”
“To get out of my head.”
“To find a piece of what some might call zen or inner peace.”
“For myself, my family, or for a cause.”
“To feel better.”
Sure, maybe I’m looking too deeply here, but then… well, that’s the question isn’t it? Is there something deeper than a simple “why?”
I know there is probably a lot more I could write on the topic, but right now it’s just something I wanted to hang out there. I think I’m going to write more on it at some point, now that I’ve got the notion of it in my head. It will bounce around in there for a while and someday something more concrete will tumble out. Maybe.