Life is not a race it’s more of a slow, hard, cold, wet walk with a bunch of people ahead of you.
There is a certain unspoken pressure on us as people that we are meant to be at certain life stages at certain times. And we are meant to be this kind of person with these kind of goals. It’s sad that society has done this to us and if we don’t meet these expectations then we see ourselves as failures. It’s sad really because we often compare our lives to others and forget we are all on our own journeys.
You are on your own path and it’s not a race. You don’t have to catch up to those that you think are ahead of you. Perhaps they aren’t even ahead of you, maybe we have made this narrative in our minds that they’re further along in their lives when they’re not.
You are at the right place in your life at the right time.
LIFE IS MORE OF A SLOW SPRINT
I like to think of life as more of a slow sprint/walk than a race. I am not very athletic or great at exercise. So the thought of my life being a fast paced race makes me feel out of breath. When you set your expectation of life being a race you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Running is hard. I trained to run a 10k for charity and it was probably the hardest 6 months of my life training for it. You get breathless, sweaty and you can really feel like giving up. We don’t want our lives to feel that way. We want to do it at our own pace, with smiles on our faces. So think of life as a relaxed meander in a park instead.
A SLOW SPRINT FULL OF HILLS
So not only is life a slow sprint/walk, its full of hills too. Some bigger than others, some smaller. These hills represent those hard times we go through, the challenges. The places where the ground gets a little more uneven and uncertain. Friend, we will face those times in our lives with guarantee. Life is hard, running a race in life is hard. Those hills will come. But what comes after hills? The valleys. The downward race, where things get easier.
Life will bring struggles but on the other side of that hill is a slope.
HILLS WITH SLIPPERY SLOPES
Not to bring a downer here, but sometimes once we have gone over that hill and finally see a downward slope, life has a way of saying nope not yet. That slope can be slippy and even harder to get down than going up the hill itself.
Have you ever had a moment where you thought life was going one way, and actually it turns out it was going in a completely different direction? I had this not so long ago. Everything lined up, and all signs were pointing towards it happening. It didn’t and I faced a slippery slope. The great thing with slopes is that you slide down them pretty fast and once you’re at the bottom you are given a new perspective.
A NEW PERSPECTIVE
After going through the walk of life where we endure hills and slopes and it really provides us with a new perspective. Going through the hard stuff and struggling in different areas in our lives is really humbling. It can be really life changing at times can’t it?
I wouldn’t change any of the hills and slopes I have faced in life. They were hard and tough and I wouldn’t want to go through them again but they changed me, for the better. Life isn’t a race, but a beautiful and hard walk that we only get to do once. Theres no re-do or start over.
How do you live your life? Are you running a race or are you doing life with a slow walk?
The main point here is the name of this post. Life is not a race, it’s a slow walk. A beautiful slow walk that is a privilege we get to do.