{IWD2014} Enjoy the marathon

By Fran B

My advice for the next generation of AOW would be to have the courage to do what you want with your lives. You can achieve anything. It might take a lot of hard work and dedication but you have an incredibly wide array of options of how you want to spend the rest of your life. Isn’t it amazing that you have so much choice? It might feel overwhelming, but don’t let fear keep you from making the choices you know are right. A lot of people end up sticking to choices they’ve made in the past through fear. Don’t let this happen to you. Your life is more precious than that.

Also I would pass on a piece of advice that someone once told me in relation to my career but I think it makes sense to think of it about your life too. They said: “think of it like a marathon, not a sprint” and I think that’s really a great way of looking at life. I know that in the past I’ve been guilty of wanting to be ‘the first’ to do things, or wishing periods of my life to be over because I didn’t feel like I was enjoying them that much. Don’t wish away a single day of your life. Learn to live in the moment, and think long term. Things will happen, your life will change and you’ll move on. And you’ll look back on the days you wished away, and wish them back. Enjoy the marathon. If I live to 100, I’m effectively on mile six and a half of this marathon. There’s a long long way to go…

Categories: International Women's Day
2 interesting thoughts on this

2 Comments

  1. Beth
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Yes. Life is what’s happening now, not in a year, 5, 10 years time. Thinking of life like a marathon rather than always trying to sprint to the next stage is a really powerful way to think about this. Thank you x

  2. Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    What a great metaphor… and maybe I should start running ( I tried to start twice already and can not find the discipline to keep going. Makes me think of high school where I was good at sprints but had no physical condition whatsoever, and so I never shook the laziness off that would have taken to make it to the track and field team, something which I wanted but I never pushed for).

    And this, so true: “Don’t wish away a single day of your life. Learn to live in the moment, and think long term. Things will happen, your life will change and you’ll move on. And you’ll look back on the days you wished away, and wish them back. Enjoy the marathon.”

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

About

Hello! We're Clare, Aisling and Anna and welcome to a corner of the world where smart, flawed, real women talk about the bigger picture; about their experiences, stories and opinions on all aspects of being a woman today, from marriage to feminism to pretty, too.

More here.

image by Lucy Stendall Photography

Find me a random post

Find:

Follow: