Friday, September 08, 2006

I am a runner

"The more you run, the more you are a runner. It sounds simple and it is. There's nothing more to becoming a runner than running. It isn't how fast or how far you run. It isn't even how long you've been running. It's only that you run that makes you a runner."
-From No Need For Speed, by John Bingham

This quote from John "the penguin" Bingham accurately reflects my feelings as a runner. I am a runner because I want to run. I try to improve my times and increase my distance. I am not a jogger. I do not just slog through a routine in order to lose weight. I am a runner because I want to be a runner and I try to improve as a runner.

The same thing holds true for you. Not only with running, but with whatever you do. You are what you do and what you want to do. Are you an artist? Do you think about art, view art, doodle, draw, paint? If you do, then you are an artist. You don't have to get paid for being an artist, if it's what you want to do and what you spend time doing, then it is what you are.

Think about this the next time that you talk to a child. Don't discourage them. If they want to be something, anything, then encourage it. If that's what they are trying to do and thinking about and acting on, then that is what they can be. Being something doesn't mean being great at it. Too often we find something that we ar good at, or are pushed in the direction of something that will make money and miss out on what we are great at. Good is the enemy of great. Let children be whatever they want, and encourage them to do everything, maybe you can help them find their own great.