Active decision-making

On Saturday night, I had a conversation with my friend about staying in Baltimore after graduating from Johns Hopkins. We both love Baltimore, but we agreed that, if we had to choose, we'd prioritize building our dream careers over staying in Charm City. (Fortunately for me, I think I've got the best of both worlds at my current job.) However, we've noticed that some of our classmates resent being "stuck" in Baltimore after graduation.

My friend and I got to talking about times we've felt resentful in the past, and we decided a lot of resentment starts with a passive mindset, rather than an active one.

We both ran in college, and a lot of high school and collegiate runners get sick of it, and burn out. Deciding to stop running gives the runner control over her situation, but it also takes her away from a sport she once loved, and, should she decide to return to running in the future, she'll find it enormously difficult to get back into racing shape. I took two years off from running--my freshman and sophomore year of college--and it enabled me to switch my mindset to avoid burning out. Because I actively choose to run, instead of passively going through the motions, I feel grateful to have found a sport I love and I value the opportunity to share the experience with my friends and running club teammates.

Since I love cliches, I'll end with this one: "You can't control the cards you're dealt, just how you play the hand."


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