I hope you’re pursuing your passion. I hope you’re not letting age or that negative voice in your head stop you from pursuing your passion.

I admit, I’ve often fallen prey to both traps. I’ve thought I’m either too young or too old to pursue my passion. The negative voice in my head that says “Who do you think you are?” can drown out the positive voice saying “Yes! You Can!”

Last fall, I signed up to run the La Jolla Half Marathon on April 23. It’s a very hilly run that I’ve done twice before. I signed up to run it this time because I’m 61. At the time, I thought it would be a worthy goal to accomplish in my sixties. Running (or being active) is a passion of mine. Being outdoors is another passion.

But, as the months marched on towards the half marathon, I found myself doubting my twin passions. Why did I think I could possibly run this race in my sixties? Some of my training runs were harder than I remembered them being. I became discouraged.

I tried pushing the reset button on my mind. Instead of whining about how hard a training run was – I would say “I’m so grateful I can still run.” Last year at this time  I was recovering from pneumonia. I would look around and enjoy the beautiful scenery on a run.

Still, I wasn’t looking forward to pursuing this passion as much as I had imagined I would be as the race day approached. Then, I saw a story on the news about the first woman to run the Boston Marathon – Katherine Switzer. She ran even though women were not allowed to participate.  And she ran again last week when she was seventy!

My passion is restored. I’m ready and excited to participate in the La Jolla Half Marathon tomorrow. I don’t know how I’ll do. But I’ll be outside and running, pursuing my twin passions. What about you?

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