4 Life lessons running and unemployment has taught me

I’ve been running consistently for roughly 8-9 years now, and I have been unemployed for the past 4 months now since I started running. I took this opportunity to go on vacations and take stock of my journey so far:.

You can’t delegate goals. In both running and finances, you can only rely on yourself to make the appropriate choices to achieve your goals. You should not expect institutions, your relatives, peers or your significant other to make them to motivate and make choices for you. At the end of the day, you will be the one to reap the consequences of your choices. Like we say in Filipino

Sila bahala, Ikaw ang kawawa

The buck stops with you. When running, regardless of distance, you can quit anytime you want. The same thing with money and employment, you can rationalize spending, quitting your job anytime. But you only have yourself to blame for it  when things go south and depression sets in.

Preparation is key, pack light, you never know where life may take you. “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” is a mentality that was engrained in me at an early age. Your preparation influences your decisions and performance in actuality.

Inspiration is fleeting, motivation is lasting. Staying motivated like happiness is a choice. Life is a marathon not a sprint, so make a mental note to stay motivated in anything and everything you apply yourself to.

I have these lessons to thank for landing on my feet albeit being unemployed. Now that I have realized their importance through experience, I can better prepare for uncertainties in the future. I hope it helps you! And with that I live you with this post-appropriate song:

me vs my excuses

I’ve ran one-to-many miles to count and learned bits and pieces about myself over the years. It’s an exercise in self-exploration and awareness.

It is, to me:

Where the buck stops…

It’s an argument between myself and my excuses; A debate on the merits of quitting over the satisfaction of finishing. It is a constant reminder that anything worth achieving is never easy albeit gratifying. It screams talk is ultimately cheap, actions will have the last say and the results produced will tell the true story.

I guess what I am trying to say is: In a society flooded with senseless chatter, arguments, and sermons. I find it comforting that I can still have a meaning conversation with myself during my runs which will have a direct positive effect on my overall being and quality of life. It’s simply a matter of taking the first step and seeing it through.