I was reading an article in the August edition of Runner’s World Magazine; an interview with Andre Kajlich, the reigning USA Paratriathlete of the Year. In it they discuss how he went from a 24 year old everyday college student with every opportunity before him, to someone who lost both of his legs in an instant in a horrific accident. This article really stuck with me for a few reasons. First for the amazing attitude that Andre has toward his new life. And second the article doesn’t try to canonize him as some stoic figure, but comes across as a thoughtful and honest discussion.
The one quote that stuck in my mind was:
“It’s an amazing thing, running-especially at that maximum turnover. It’s also amazing to never do something again because you can’t. I’d like to transfer that concept into everyone’s head, because inevitably it will happen to all of us.”
You don’t need to be a runner to understand what he is saying. All you need to know is that you need to be doing whatever it is that makes you come alive before you can’t anymore.
If nothing else do what makes you happy, do what you feel passionate about, do what gives you purpose and fulfillment…and do it now, because you can! Don’t let another minute pass you by where you aren’t doing what you love or at least planning to do it at the next available moment.
I write this not because I have become adept at doing this myself, but because I need to write it out so I can see it plainly for myself. So that I can see how important it is to live life, get dirty, scrape a few knees, laugh and smile at the little things in life. It’s over faster than we can imagine…make it a good one!
Read the article here.