I wish. We've all had times when we wished for something. As kids, we wished upon a star, made a wish blowing out birthday candles or hoping your wish will come true when you broke the wishbone in your favor. As kids, we wished we were older. Now that we're older, we wish to be younger.
I'm guilty. I've wished for so many things to be different. I wished I were one of the smart, popular kids in school. I wished I were skinny. I wished I were faster. I wished I had more time. One time, my dad told me not to wish my life away. "Life is too short as it is," he said. He also said to be happy with what I have and with who I am because there are so many people worse off.
So true. Now that I'm approaching yet another birthday, I have finally learned to be happy with who I am. I wasn't always happy to be me. I wished to be skinny, lost 85 pounds and started to run. Even though I was officially skinny, I still thought of myself as a floppy, blobby person running down the road like a hippo in the sludge of the Serengeti. I wished to run faster, worked hard at it and ran some pretty fast marathons, qualifying and running in 7 Boston Marathons. Even though I ran fast and won a lot of age group awards, I still thought of myself as a slug inching forward leaving a slow, slippery trail.
My point is, follow my dad's advice and don't wish your life away. If you have a wish, make that a goal instead and work towards achieving it. If you need to lose weight, don't wish it, work at it. Learn how to eat fresh, whole foods, and learn how to nutritiously feed your body to be at its best. If you want to run faster, don't wish it, do those blasted speed workouts. If you want to run a race, or try a new distance, don't say you wish you could. Set a goal, train, and go for it.
I read an inspirational sign once that said, "Be happy with who you are while working towards who you want to be." Don't throw your coins in a fountain wishing to be like someone else or wishing something better for yourself, make it a goal and work for it. You just might surprise yourself with the results.
Enjoy your journey,