. . . they are ecstatically happy
What about you? When you fulfill a dream, are you happy? Do you spend time thinking about how you could have done it faster, easier, or are you already off chasing the next dream?
I know that I’m pretty darn happy after I complete a half marathon — as long as I didn’t get heatstroke or get injured. But I just might be off chasing the next best thing, too. In case you didn’t notice, fulfill is today’s Wednesday Word.
There are several definitions for fulfill, and all of them are good:
1) Fulfill: to do what is required by something
This is a great one for me: I say it over and over — I am not one of those people who can just go out there and run 13.1 miles. I must train for it. And just training isn’t good enough to guarantee a pain free race for me, either: I need to get in a few double digit runs and get to a certain weekly mileage — or I end up injured, from severe to mild.
Being injured is never fun
I haven’t yet figured out what is my sweet spot for weekly mileage that allows me to be properly trained, have the potential for a PR, and remain uninjured. Or even if it varies. The most weekly mileage I ever ran was about 30; eventually, I ended up injured on that plan.
The least was probably this past training cycle, where I topped out at 20 miles. These last few weeks of training, and a little shuteye, have left me feeling pretty strong.
Strong enough to fulfill my desires for a good half marathon? Only time will tell.
Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.
2) Fulfill: to succeed in doing or providing
Obviously I plan to complete my upcoming half marathon. It will fulfill my 11th state in my journey to running a half marathon in every state.
Lots of people tick off those states very quickly. I am only 1/5th through after five years. 39 states to go (assuming there is no DNS or DNF). I may or may not achieve this goal, but that brings us to the last definition of fulfill.
3) Fulfill: to succeed in achieving
I do plan to run a half in all 50 states; I’m quite serious about it. It motivates me to keep running, through the heat, the cold, the rain, the snow, the zero dark thirty runs, the solo runs, the lack of sleep . . . you get the picture.
I am also acutely aware of the passing of time. Maybe I won’t succeed in achieving my dream, but I know that I will work darn hard to fulfill it. It’s a challenge, and I love a challenge.
Well, I love most challenges. There are few lately I really could have lived without!
Tell me in the comments:
What dream would you like to fulfill?
What dream have you already fulfilled?
What has motivated you to fulfill your dreams?