I love running, exploring, and thinking. All at once.
It clears your mind, keeps you in shape, and let’s you freely roam the local scenery.
The other day I decided to go for a jog, and randomly stumbled upon a small path leading into the woods. Figuring what the hell, I decided to take it.
All of a sudden I’m in this local wildlife preserve. I knew it existed but didn’t realize there were a number of trails that zig-zagged through the area. Idiot.
I’m checking out red-tailed hawks, random fish in a pond, and grabbing tree limbs to crank out some pull-ups.
I stop and stare at this creature…just strutting around like he’s never had a dull moment in his life. Proud of its latest kill… looking for a way to prove its dominance.
It walks within ten feet of me then turns and bolts down a fork into the woods…came and went just like that.
Right before he emerged, I had been reflecting on my life as a whole, and what I had accomplished. What defined my life? Do I consider myself successful?
Watching the fox sprint away despite being so close became an ever looping video in my head. Had I let too many opportunities get away?
Two days later I’m on the opposite side of the preserve exploring some wetlands. I take a fork toward it-doesn’t-matter-where and look who’s there.
The red fox.
Walking up the path ahead, like some arrogant little beast, is my newest nemesis.
This time, he stops earlier and looks at me, but I don’t stop.
I unleash an all out sprint aiming right at him. Wings of fire and a face from hell scorch the land as I become determined to stay with him…
Startled, he turns to run but there’s a lot of open space this time and I can track his every twist and turn.
This thing is fleeing in an utter panic as I refuse to let up.
He gets away…but it was closer this time…
Life is sometimes nothing more than a constant chase. A challenge presents itself, and despite a few failures the next day comes and another opportunity arrives.
The fox is there waiting. I know he is, and next time we meet I’m going to try and get as close as possible for a picture.
Seize an opportunity. Never give up. Chase until you’re completely spent, and then chase some more…