The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
The self-fulfilling prophecy is basically a statement that affects your actions and becomes true. For example, saying “This is going to be a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day!” will probably lead to just that! For years, I fulfilled my own prophecy.
- didn’t like “sports.”
- was “bad” at all of them.
- would never be an athlete.
- was big-boned and curvy, not made to compete.
I repeated these thoughts to myself over and over until they became true. To be honest, I never really tried. I was a great student, focused on that, and avoided any chance of failure at all costs! The cost was my health. By avoiding all forms of physical activity, I was an unhealthy, lethargic 24 year old. Luckily, a kind person urged me to join the gym and I caved…and loved it!
I’ve always envied runners – their effortless strides, passion, and comradarie. Once I improved my fitness level, I wanted to run. I began on the treadmill, running a few minutes at a time. I worked my way up to a 5K distance and entered my first race. My aunt practically dragged me across that finish line at Bryant University, but I made it! The bug bit me! I ran another 5K the following weekend and signed up for the half-marathon a few months later.
As my mileage has crept up and my training winds down, I realize why I love running!
- Running is an individual sport. I can participate in competitive events, but only really need to compete with myself.
- My performance does not directly impact the performance of other runners.
- I don’t need to think about running when I’m running. My body can do the work, while my mind can relax and think about other things.
- I usually end a run feeling better than I did before the run.
- Running travels well. It can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime.
- I became a member of a community of like-minded, passionate people.
On the day I entered the Shape Up RI Half Marathon, my longest run was four miles. That day I created a new prophecy. I’m glad I did! Training has taught me so much about myself. Regardless of what happens on race day, I am grateful for every mile.
Just had to get some sappy thoughts out this morning! I guess the tapering is giving me extra time to think. Meanwhile, I ate a pretty unremarkable bowl of oatmeal.
The bowl was much more exciting than the oats! Don’t you love the cute flower inside?!
I was fresh out of milk this morning, so I had to make my oats with water. They definitely were lacking the creaminess I have gotten accustomed to. I also used only half a banana because it was sitting there waiting to be used up. So….it wasn’t the best bowl, but I have the energy to take on another day. Sometimes, that’s all you need!
Have an amazing day, my darlings!