Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just Run, Write?

I have raised a family of runners. Now one might think that because I run and my offspring run they must have taken after me. Not so. In this case the egg really did come before the chicken. The truth is these Greens run because we are not good at sports requiring a lot of equipment, especially balls. Baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, and golf just have too many parts to coordinate. So we run … and we do math.
“But in order to run 400 meters in a minute I will have to run every 100 meters in 15 seconds...”
“If my opponent runs his/her best time then I will have to run this time to beat him/her...”
“There are 10 hurdles in the race and I have to clear every hurdle...”
“If you run a 6 minute mile pace you will be way under 19 minutes on a 5k ...”
And so on …
My advice to my mathematician runners was always this, “Just run!”
If they would just stop fretting about the obstacles and run, they might clear all those obstacles in the process. They often did.
I don't heed my own advise.
I write because I enjoy it. I am better at writing than I am at crafting, scrapbooking, record keeping. So I write .. and I make excuses.
“If I take time to write and nobody ever reads it, then I have wasted my time ...”
“I have other things I should be doing, like housework ...”
I have writer's block!”
And so on …
What advice might I heed?
“Just write!”

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