Running for My Life

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As the cliché states, anything worth achieving only comes through blood, sweat, and tears. Well, in my case, it was lots of sweat, some tears, and a little bit of blood—I tripped over branches periodically. At the age of fifteen, I encountered an obstacle I couldn't simply circumvent: my weight. Unlike most difficulties I had encountered up until that point in my life, there was no instantaneous fix for being obese. I would have to persevere and remain diligent to see any sort of result; after a sobering doctor's appointment, I decided I would wake up the next day and do what any sane person would: pound some pavement and go for a run.

With "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac blaring in my ears - if Bill Clinton could win a presidency with that song, it could motivate me to run - I set off for a jog. Let's just say "Don't Stop" was still playing when I decided to stop running and start walking. I realized that I didn't actually know how to run; I imagine I may have resembled an extra from the Walking Dead mixed with Phoebe from Friends in my attempt. I decided that it may be prudent of me to begin my journey with a "single step" and walk instead since I once bought the Lao-tzu quote on a bookmark (so it had to have worked for...

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