No matter how mundane some action may appear. Keep it long enough and it becomes a contemplative,even meditating act. "In each shave lies a philosophy."
Most of what I know about writing I've learned through running every day.
For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
Say you are running and you start to think. Man, this hurts, I can't take it any more.
The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.
If we think we can put up with it. Somehow we can.
Life can be tough, but as long as you don't stint on effort, your metabolism will greatly improve with these habits, and you will end up much healthier, not to mention stronger.
The point being to let the exhilaration I feel at the end of each run carry over to the next day.This is same sort of tack I find necessary when writing a novel. I stop every day right at the point where I feel I can write more. Do that, and the next day's work goes surprisingly smoothly. I think Ernest Hemingway did something like that. To keep on going, you have to pick up the rhythm. This is the important thing for long-term projects. Once you set the pace, the rest will follow.
Those kinds of memories-unpretentious, commonplace. But for me, they are all meaningful and valuable. As each of these memories flits across my mind. I'm sure I unconsciously smile, or give a slight frown. Commonplace they might be, but the accumulation of these memories has led to 1 result:me.
I'm sure there are garden-variety runners, whose desire to beat a particular rival spurs them on to train harder. But what happens if their rival, for whatever reason, drop out of competition? Their motivation for running would disappear or at least diminish and it'd be hard for them to remain runners for long.
Forgive me for stating the obvious, but the world is made up of all kinds of people. Other people have their own values to live by, and the same holds true with me. Theses differences can give rise to even greater misunderstandings. As a result, sometimes people are unfairly criticized. This goes without saying. It's not much fun to be misunderstood or criticized, but rather a painful experience that hurts people deeply.
As I've gotten older, though, I've gradually come to the realization that this kind of pain and hurt is a necessary part of life. If you think about it, it's precisely because people are different from others that they able to create their own independent selves. Take me as an example. It's precisely my ability to detect some aspects of a scene that other people can't, to feel different than others and choose words that different from theirs that's allowed me to write stories that are mine alone. So the fact that I'm me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.
The most important thing we ever learned at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned at school.
I only began to enjoy studying after I got through the educational system and became a so-called member of society.
Whenever I feel like I don't want to run. I always ask myself the same thing: You are able to make a living as a novelist, working at home, setting your own hours, so you don't have to commute on a packed train or sit through
You can't please everybody. A lot of customers came to the bar. If one out of ten enjoyed the place and said he'd come again, that was enough. If one out of ten was a repeat customer, then the business would survive. Still, you had to make sure that one person who did like the place really liked it.
I never had any ambitions to be a novelist. I just had this strong desire to write a novel.
On rainy days, we'd exchange a smile, a guess-we're-both-having-it-tough kind of smile.
I felt like we somehow understood each other. Even if the skill level varies, there are things that only runners understand and share.
Life isn't fair. People can work their butts off and never get what they are aiming for, while others can get it without any effort at all.