One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received came from an experienced runner coaching me on my first (and only!) marathon:
“Run the mile you’re in,” she said.
“At each point in the course, you will be constantly aware of where you are and how far you still have to go. It can be daunting, especially in those first few miles when those early doubts start to creep in. So when you’re in the 5th mile, be in the 5th mile. Worrying about or impatiently wanting mile 25 won’t make the current one any easier.”
We often want to be where we are not. Rather than find peace in our present, we yearn for some idealized future. We allow fears of what is coming to cripple us with what is and we fail to look around because we are so busy looking ahead.
Life has no finish line.
Live the moment you’re in.