It could not have been a better day to run a race than Halloween Day, 2010. The weather was perfect a nice chill to the fall air; the runners were ready, and the atmosphere was electric. I had been anticipating this day for months. Yet, I did not always look forward to running a marathon. In fact, I NEVER wanted to run a marathon.
Taking risks is scary, isn't it? Even the most calculated ones can be frightening. A little while ago, I was teaching my boys how to ride a bike. And every time they got on that seat, fear would hit their face. They were scared when I let the bike go. Why? Because if and when I let go, they had the major risk of failing, I mean falling. When we let go of our fear, we have the beautiful risk of failing, I mean falling. So instead, we hold on to our fear so that we won't fall, I mean fail. We can often feel safe...with fear.
If I held on to my fear, I would have never signed up to run this daring race. I would have continued to leave that long run for the 'lunatics'. Teaching our kids to always play it safe reduces their ability to take a risk, to know how to risk, to step out on faith, to have courage, and of being a kid. You may ask, "What if they get hurt?" What if I am not there when it happens? What if they fail? What will their peers think? Well, here are some answers:
"What if they get hurt?" -- They will live.
What if I am not there when it happens? -- Someone else will help.
What if they fail? -- Failing is often times...good!
What will their peers think? -- People are going to talk about you anyway, whether you do well or not.
I am glad that even at my age, this lunatic is still learning to take risks.
"Always do what you are afraid to do." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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