Who do you run to?

Song Inspired: “I Run to You”
Artist: Lady Antebellum

“I run my life, or is it running me? Run from my past; I run too fast, or too slow it seems…”

My favorite part of yoga and Zumba classes are the cool downs at the end of each session. I not only feel accomplished for exercising my body and mind but because I get a chance to reflect on things that are on my mind with a new energy and perspective.

A few weeks ago, my Zumba instructor played Lady Antebellum – “I Run to You” while we were cooling down, and as the sentimental person that I am, I started thinking about this and that. I’ve been meaning to share some of my revelations, but life got the best of me once again… Nonetheless, here I am with the same thoughts still intact. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what life would be like without the people that “I run to”. I know it sounds a bit morbid, but you’d be liar if you said you never had this pondering thought at one point in your life.

I started thinking about the lyrics of the song and it got me thinking about who “you” represents in my life. Is the “you” your best friend? Your mom? Or, your significant other? And whoever it may be, what happens if they aren’t there anymore? Is there a plan b? Or does that mean that once that one person is gone then you no longer run to anyone?

I suppose this is why people become spiritual or religious. It is a comforting thought to know that the person that they run to will always be there. Or, perhaps this is why people have trust issues. They refuse to rely on anyone except for themselves. These are decisions that we make subconsciously and sometimes it is by fate that we meet the person we run to. And believe it or not, sometimes when life is in the middle of a disaster and you just start running toward no one in particular, you sometimes end up running into the person that becomes your life line. But the question still remains, what happens when that person is no longer there?

I can’t speak for everyone. I can only speak for myself, but I’d keep running, not running away, but just keep running. I’d keep running into the arms of those that love me. I’d run toward the things that scare me. I’d just keep running until I couldn’t run anymore. This, of course, is easier said than done. But, believe me I’ve known some extraordinary people that have shown me that it is possible. The other day, my yoga instructor kept saying “See, what you are capable of…” or “You’d be surprised at what your body will enable you to do…” after she forced us into ridiculous and impossible positions with our body. It is the same, you’d be surprised at you are capable of doing when you just keep running. Run to your enemies, run toward your dream, run to your friends, run into strangers, run toward your family, just keep running…. because “We run on fumes.” – life is short – God is good – There isn’t anything to run away from, just our life to run.

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