Summer Solstice


Today, if you haven’t already heard, is the Summer Solstice. For those of us that don’t remember all of the lessons we were taught years ago that means that today is the longest day of the year. We have more daylight today than any other day in 2016. That’s pretty exciting to me.

Daylight is like an on-off switch for me to be able to get things done. When it’s light outside I can keep going and keep accomplishing goals. When the sun is gone and the moon is out my motivation hides as well. So the longest day of the year gives me more opportunity to accomplish my goals than any other day. Those goals today include working, running and getting the yard mowed. That is a full day anytime of year, but when we are in October and the days are a lot shorter I just wouldn’t have time to get it all done.

That got me to thinking a little bit about our own capacity to get things done. Even though this is the longest day of the year there are still things I would like to get done that I can’t. It’s just not possible. I would really like to get my landscaping weeded and cleaned up today. That would easily be a 3 or 4 hour job. With all that this longest day has to offer it just can’t happen.

Just like that sometimes I think we have to keep in mind what our capacity is as a runner. I am going to be 42 years old later this year. I started running late so I am still blazing new ground and setting a few PR’s here and there, but that can’t last forever. At some point, likely very soon, I won’t be able to improve my running. I will be able to continue running.  I will be able to continue improving my health through running, but times won’t likely continue to improve. That’s OK though, running isn’t supposed to be about bettering your times, but bettering yourself. That can be done your entire life and not just in running.

We all have a certain capacity in every part of our life. We can’t all be Michael Phelps and win 8 gold medals in one Olympics. Sometimes our capacity doesn’t meet our desires. That is when personal growth becomes important. I would love to have finished my marathon in 4 hours and been motivated to do more and do better. My capacity at this time wouldn’t allow that. I finished much slower than I would have hoped, but the fact remains that I finished. I am a better person for the process I went through to finish the marathon, but I think having to accept that it took me more than 45 minutes longer than I wanted may have had an even bigger affect on me. We learn from our struggles more than we learn from our successes.

So on this day with unmatched capacity to get things done go hard at your goals. If you come up short learn why you did and work on that part of your life for the next 364 days so you can try again with more knowledge this time next year.