Out of our basic need to love and to be loved, we all will meet loneliness in our lives from time to time but how can we overcome it?
As it is loneliness awareness week, I thought I share how running has helped me to understand it in my own life just that little better.
At one point in my life, I lived in a community of 25+ people. One would think, in a place where it is nearly impossible to have any privacy, it would be impossible to be lonely, right? It was one of the places I remember feeling the most lonely. It was also the place where I was first diagnosed with anxiety and depression. How was this possible, what had gone wrong? The truth to be told, I was far from a whole person at the time. Still living with rejection issues of been taken into care as a child.
In contrast to this, as a lone-runner, I do not encounter any hint of loneliness. Again, how can this be? This is where the penny dropped for me. When running, I am in my ‘zone’, a space of happiness. When we are at peace with ourselves, we find ourselves in a space that is unconditional, without expectations. A place of strength, where our happiness is not dependent on others.
Running for charity; Although my Ego may disagree, It is not about me. Nor is it about how much money I can raise. When I came into recovery, I struggled to run 500 meters! Look at the distance I am running now, I am already a winner! No, for me it is about an act of unconditional kindness, empowering those to be victorious over the obstacles they may face in their own lives.
Whether it is a child in care or a person struggling with alcohol dependency, I think of the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories and it’s most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about or can only dimly guess at. No doubt much greater than running a marathon for sure! It encourages me, not only in my own challenges, to do what I do and to be who I am today. I hope it encourages you too.
Let us together help vulnerable children/families future to be just that little bit brighter.
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