The faster we run through life, the more intensely we live, the greater the risk of falling when external circumstances change. The impact is even more painful when we have limited mental strength.
Most people would agree that eating healthy and exercising is vital for our physical health. We buy healthy food from the store. We run to the gym getting our endorphins running, leaving our stress behind and lifting our mood. The same people would consider psychological well-being at least as attractive if not more so if they understood how it feels to be free and powerful in their minds.
When I was 15, I moved from my hometown to the capital city of Poland. I joined an athletic club to continue pursuing my major passion, professional running. I had no self-confidence or self-esteem, but I had a love for running and the determination to do the best I could in life. However, my dreams developed and grew as I got older and circumstances changed. In my 20s, I completed my studies, started my first job, and I got married. My next few goals in life became realities, despite the surprises life threw at me, which eventually contributed to my internal growth.
During hard times, i.e. divorce proceedings (this happened over a lengthy period of time and between different countries as we moved), I found relief in running. When I couldn’t sleep, I got up and went for a run at 5 am. For a few years, I threw myself into long-distance runs, including marathons. The physical exercise took me away from the external events and chaos in my life, at least during the activity. It was a place where I didn’t have to deal with stress and anxiety. It was easier to feel physical pain rather than the mental pain that was eating away at me. I found something to take the mental pain away by replacing it with long-distance running. It worked like a temporary anesthetic, but it never brought the permanent solution for my own well-being of the mind.
Roles I played
While juggling between the role of a senior leader in the fast and demanding work environment and the role of a single mum, I could not be perfect in either of these places. I was trying my best. Life brought me multiple challenges. I failed as many times as I have succeeded, if not more. Despite the difficulties, I have never given up on myself, my dreams, and my path to the summit (my goal). In search of the meaning and the reasons behind my failures, I asked myself hundreds of questions and reflected. Later, I began studying psychology to understand the human mind at a deeper level.
Goals & Dreams
In pursuit of my goals and dreams, while walking the paths to the top of my “Mount Everest”, I moved multiple times, between Poland, the UK, Switzerland, and Denmark. Like many people, I had difficulties, and I lost my motivation and direction more than once. One day, unexpectedly, after a long time struggling to keep up with life, I arrived at my summit and discovered the most profound secret. For the first time, I felt like I had finally arrived at my ultimate destination, my internal home. The home inside my heart. This gave me the biggest inner strength that I could have ever imagined. It gave me a feeling of peace, happiness, and fulfillment. Since then, this internal strength allows me to reach my dreams no matter what the current circumstances are in my life.
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