Nov. 25, 2020
Namaste, dear friends, I am very encouraged by the response from all my friends and family after my first note last week.
It was the 5k Thanksgiving Turkey Trot I had this week that inspired this note. In July 1999, we had taken, what was then (and until today continues to be) our first cruise – it was a 7-day Alaska cruise and after only first full day onboard, I realized the gluttonous experience that I was soaking in – 5 meals a day – besides the obvious breakfast, lunch, dinner, there was a mid-afternoon snack and to top the day, there was this midnight snack. You see, the sun sets at 11:30 pm in Alaska in summer, and they would serve these amazing desserts in keeping up with the holiday mood, right at sunset. On Day 2, I realized I had to do something before I bloated up. So, I went to the gym where I saw 3 treadmills: the left and right ones were taken by these young ladies who were jogging, leaving the middle one open. Heck, I was young too – I had just turned 37 then. After a couple minutes of warm-up, I increased the speed and started running. A minute into it, I started panting, and I had to slow down. After a few mins, I tried again, and sure enough, after another minute, I was breathless again. These 2 young ladies, who were friends, were chatting about their plans for when we’d arrive at shore, while running a good pace. Did I tell you I had never jogged in my life before that day? After we returned from that trip, I reflected on that Day 2 of our cruise and I walked over to a high school jogging track that was close to our home. It is there where I began my journey. Initially, I could jog only half a lap (1/8th of a mile or 200 yards). But, over time I gradually increased my distance to 16 laps (4 miles)….and then to 24 laps (6 miles), after which I joined a runners group right at the turn of the millennium. My passion for jogging continued: I went on from 10k to 15k to half marathons and eventually ran my first marathon in Dec 2005.
Folks, it is never too late to start anything in life – it is just one life to live. Sure, along the way, I have hurt my knees and my ankles and all that comes with the territory of being a jogger. Here is the best part – all you need is a good pair of running shoes. Some of my best memories are those focused around my running. On our vacations after 2000, while my twin daughters and wife were still sleeping, I would go for a daily morning run and scout the area near our hotel. And I would come back with suggestions of cool places I saw or restaurants that I found during my 5-6 mile runs.
So whatever activity – that college degree – that cooking course – that dancing class – that yoga training – that computer class – which you have thought of, but are nervous about undertaking because you believe you do not have the time for it or you may be too late, just remember it is simply up to YOU to decide if you want to push it off again with “I will do it one day” or make today truly become your Day One. Carpe Diem !
Wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Wahe Guru! (in summary, it means “I am grateful to Him”)