Ryan Donnelly's Blog

Nature’s Calling

Feeling the need to express some joy today.  Far too often we go about our lives and don’t really take a step back to be thankful.  I could not be more thankful for all of the wonderful people in my life.  The health I have,  and the fact that I woke up this morning.

Like I said in yesterdays post, I was very inspired by the people I had met at the race.  To most people, the idea of running in a circle for a couple of days and racking up over 100 miles or even 200 miles seems insane. But is it really?  It’s not so much about where they are going physically, it’s more about where they are going mentally and what they are able to do physically because of this mental exercise.  The freeing feeling of getting back to our primitive roots.  The idea of accomplishing something you set out to do and feeling your body thank you for it.  Our society has gotten away from the fact that we were once wild.  That we lived in the elements and that deep down, our bodies yearn for the wild.  Sure it’s wonderful to come home to a warm house with a nice blanket and bed, but it’s also wonderful to go out and experience nature and the natural abilities that most of us keep dormant.  I leave you with one of my favorite quotes about this.  Enjoy your day!

“The greater the suffering, the greater the pleasure. That is nature’s payback to riders for the homage they pay her by suffering. Velvet pillows, safari parks, sunglasses; people have become woolly mice. They still have bodies that can walk for five days and four nights through a desert of snow, without food, but they accept praise for having taken a one-hour bicycle ride. ‘Good for you.’ Instead of expressing their gratitude for the rain by getting wet, people walk around with umbrellas. Nature is an old lady with few friends these days, and those who wish to make use of her charms, she rewards passionately.”

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