Why do people act the way that they do? What inspires their actions and motivates a persons decisions? This past Sunday I joined with thousands of other individuals and ran 26.2 miles around our city to complete the 2018 route 66 marathon, but why? Why leave the comfort of my bed, the warmth of my home, to venture to an unknown? To the best of my memory before Sunday the furthest that I had ever run was around 15 miles. I had been running and exercising but mostly had been around 10 to 12 miles at a time.
This summer for my birthday I took a week off work and rode my motorcycle to California. I rode up the Pacific coast of Cali, and then back to Oklahoma, on the way back through Colorado I climbed two mountain trails that were each at elevations around 14,000 feet. But why, what is it inside that compels individuals to do the seemingly impossible, the unknown, the uncomfortable, and the unsafe.
Something in my soul yearns for the outdoors, for adventure, and for the uncomfortable. I am not sure where it comes from besides, its just how i have always been, its how I’ve always felt, and its what I constantly long for. I went to bible school and to college, tried to find my place in the world, yet the appeal of an office and a management position was not even for a moment desirable, I work in construction, building and tearing apart walls and floors and ceilings, which is not always pleasant, but is more desirable than making phone calls and responding to emails.
Who we are comes from the depths of our heart and soul. From within the God given purpose that we exist for comes flowing out. People will not always understand you, they may not always get it. But don’t let that stop you from being who you were made to be. Live your life to the fullest, and fulfill those deep longings in your soul.