Allegory of the run

Allegory of the run

I’m not a fan of labeling things but if we hypothetical labeled runners as junior or senior just to try this allegory of the run. Instinctively you might think that junior runners are young persons between say 16-25 years and senior runners would be around 70+ years. That could be one way of looking at it, most common I would think.

I use the terms junior and senior in a different way. Age has really nothing to do with it, but actually fear does. A young person can speak in front of thousands people without any fear and yet an old person can get really nervous speaking in front of just a small group. In this case I would say that the young person is the senior and vice versa. It really depends on the task, whose junior or senior.

There is a well-known process going from junior to senior. Nearly all religions speak about it. Once senior then you are a person of interest for other juniors. You have managed to transformed fear into wisdom, and that is what life is all about. Turning darkness into light if you may.

When we first start facing the truth, the process may be frightening, and many people run back to their old lives. But if you continue to seek the truth, you will eventually be able to handle it better. In fact, you want more!
The Republic – Plato (427-347 BC)

The junior state is often taught, could be through schooling, parents or other dogmas. The senior state is acquired through action, often learned from ones mistakes. Therefore making mistakes is a very good ting and also not listening to much of what others say is their truth. That is why the process may be frightening, making mistakes and going against what others say. Our comfort zone can easily drag us back to our old habits.

In running there is a barrier to be breached and that is exactly this process. Junior runners often struggle every single time whereas senior runners have the same type of struggle but with a huge difference, they LOVE it! A senior runner mindset has gone beyond whats often taught about running and have started listening from within rather than from without. Becoming your own running expert. Tweeking what feels wrong into something better with a positive feeling. Once acquired that state of mind, you want more and you’ll love it!

Take action and bring your running into the light! In other words, just run…