Saturday, May 8, 2010

Growing up

I've been told I'm not the most mature individual in the world (no argument from me) and I've also been told that I never really grew up (also no argument from me). As far as I'm concerned, I had to enter the real world way too early (I was 22 when I got hired at my first airline. 22 years old and suddenly I was looked at as a professional by thousands of people) and I think me acting like a kid allows me to rebel against that awfulness.

But why am I bringing that up? Because I realized today that I am growing up in other ways. Ways that are bettering me as a person and as a healthy human being. Today, I did a little over 5 miles in Indy. That brings my total for the week over 15 miles. First time in my history that has happened. And it feels really good! But that's not the reason I mention this...I think I'm growing up mentally a lot more. Here's why.

Back in the day, (like earlier this year) I would do 3-4 mile runs and be super amazed with myself and the rest of the week would be a major letdown. It was like "oh boy, I ran a few miles! I can slack now!" That's not the case anymore. Now a short run for me is 3 miles. 4-5 miles are becoming the norm, not the exception. And I'm starting to run longer distances too. I did a 7 miler this week for the first time. Granted, I took it very very slow, but still, I got out there and did it.

The point is, that I seem to be growing up mentally quite a bit this season. I don't know if it's the fact that once again in my life, I had to make changes on the fly (no pun intended) and score a job because my old one had been yanked out from under my feet, or the fact that I see the world in a little bit different perspective. Regardless, I am definitely maturing in the exercise department.

But I still reserve the right to play with Legos and color. :-)


  1. Keep up the GREAT runs!!! And - I think it's a great mix - being kid-like, and also maturing mentally!!

  2. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog and in response to your post, YES everyone has the right to be a kid from time to time. I miss my Legos ;)

  3. I guess whoever said that childhood passes too quickly never met us, Brandon :-)

  4. you know what? If everyone was a little more relaxed and carefree, I think it would lead to more healthy people and less problems in our society. But what do I know? I'm just a regular guy. :-)