Runners have to have a passion for running. Just like teachers have to have a passion for teaching, and writers have to have a passion for writing, and dog groomers have to a have a passion for animals. If you don’t feel passionate about the thing that you do every single day, then you are just making yourself miserable. It’s time to find something you feel passionate about.
This is not to say that you will love every moment of your passion. Runners have bad runs. Their alarm goes off, and they’d rather stay in bed. The temperature is too hot or too cold. Teachers get discouraged by kids who aren’t progressing. Writers have writers block. And dog groomers? Well, if dog grooming is anything like teaching, the owners might just make that job miserable.
So, what keeps us coming back? Why do runners keep running, and teachers keep teaching, and writers keep writing, and groomers keep grooming? It’s passion. Those moments when you find your groove and you give it your all and you love it.
Passionate people remember times when they achieved something great, releasing that feeling of passion. For me, I remember those runs where I left it all on the course. Rock the Parkway and the Gobbler Grind, when I ran hard and PR’d. Or it’s the feeling I had at the end of my longest run ever. These are the memories that keep me rolling out of bed at 4:45am to lace up my PureFlows. And knowing that feeling is achievable is what will carry me through to the end of 26.2 miles when I run my first full marathon. I guess that’s what they call an adrenaline junkie.
What are you passionate about?