Ever heard of Ben Davis? I hadn't until earlier in the week while I was reading the December issue of Runner's World. His story is more captivating then I am able to put into words, but if you subscribe to RW turn to page 63 or just click here.
warning...this video may bring you to joyful tears
Sometimes life brings you to this crossroad that can scare the pants off of you. Most of us, when faced with difficult life changing decisions, pass the intangible and seemly impossible opportunities and instead choose to stay in our safe place surrounded by all of the things that fuel our comfort. Then there are others, like Ben Davis, that pull the trigger daring to live out their dreams boldly and bravely casting away fear and doubt for the unknown.
If you are like me, curiosity creeps into your mind about other runners often. Do they run for the same reasons I do? Have they experience those rare moments of elation and freeness while pounding it out on the pavement like myself? Have they allowed themselves to be so vulnerable that running could have the power to change their life?
We all have these crazy reasons why we tightly tie up our laces venturing out in snowstorms and humidity day after day. Some of us run to lose ourselves, to feel freedom from the complicated chains of the world for a few peaceful moments in time. Then there are the exceptionally rare Ben Davis's of the world that start running for more important personal and complicated reasons, and somehow end up finding themselves along the road less traveled and have the power to change the world.
Ben's story touched my heart because he conquered what many say is the impossible, and he didn't turn back.
He let running change his life.
"You don't love running when you first start because it hurts. Your legs hurt, your lungs hurt. But once you make the decision and start to move forward, you become a different person."
Ben Davis, RW December 2011
In a world filled with so many uncertains, there a few things that I know for sure. Running and it's power is one of the few things that I believe in with all of my heart. The insatiable hunger which it can stir up for life in ones soul; exposure and vulnerabilty to unfathomable experiences; opportunities to motivate others to keep pressing on when the road ahead becomes patchy and uncertain; movement and it's possibilities. This is what running is to me, the opportunity to challenge life and let the world know that I won't live with the fear for what tomorrow holds.
So thank you Ben Davis for reminding me why I choose to run, because sometimes I can make life more complicated then it really is and forget why I started down this road in the first place.