Putting Things in Perspective

You wait patiently at the edge of the boarding ramp, nervously eyeing the sleek helicopter that awaits you through the terminal window. Before you descend the boarding ramp and into the helicopter, you take a final look across the horizon at the towering mountains ahead. They are bold and unchallenged yet seemingly…majestic in a way. Moments later, the helicopter rises from the landing

pad, climbing higher into the sky, just over the mountain peaks. Gasping aloud as you look out the pilot window, you realize how much better the view is up in the air, as well as how unique and different it is.

In all situations of life, there are several ways of examining and approaching different situations. Most commonly known of these “ways” are the good and bad of the situation, the “bright” and “dark” sides if you will. Life will always hand you obstacles that you need to face and overcome; to conquer. If you aren’t facing such obstacles ever at least every once in a while, then you need to shoot for higher goals in life, but that’s a subject for another post. Many people take challenges and crumple, refusing to face the problem at hand. They are actors in the great play (life), and they are portraying themselves as “the helpless victim”. How can they possibly change their role to something more noteworthy? They must first learn to change their perspective.

This blog is centered around running, so I might as well try to put my message in running terms. To do that I need you to take a look at the link at the bottom of the page (how long can you saty with the Marathon Record Holder?). Basically, it compares the fitness of different types of individuals, giving an estimated distance that the person could run with Wilson Kipsang on his world record pace. Other than being a cool comparison chart and interesting to look at, I think it shows a little bit about perspective as well. Take a look at how you rank up against the world record marathon pace. Turns out, every single person in existence hasn’t been able to match that performance for the full marathon. Does than necessarily mean that everyone else is slow? Obviously not! Why look at the negatives side of things when there are countless amounts of positives? You might not be able to match the record pace for a quarter of a mile, but you may be in the best shape of your life. In my English class, my teacher is always saying how we should maximize our potential as much as we can and be the best we can be. Shift your perspective every once in a while for the positive, and you’ll find yourself doing just that.

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How long can you stay with the Marathon World Record Holder?

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