Dr. Deepak Chopra,
Have you ever ponder about your purpose in this world? What are you meant to do ... to make the world a little better than it was? Sounds like a gargantuan responsibility right?
We always say that God created everyone with a purpose but we are left to find that purpose on our own. It is not easy and at most times many of us got lost, distracted or detoured along the way. Most of us just go into a monotonous mode repeating the daily rituals of complacent living.
Yet when we started out in search of our life purpose, the first thing that comes to mind will always be to help others in need. Realistically, how can we even help others when we have just begun to think of our own life purpose? We are still in our comfort zone. We need help to kick ourselves out of our complacency first!
Rather than pushing our way into other people's lives bearing our ideals, it would be more effective to apply those ideals onto ourselves first. Subtly, let our actions and positive changes become the inspiration to those who want to help themselves. We'll be pretty much paying it forward.
Naturally, the first step to help us change is to look for role models. People who have successfully made changes that meet the ideals we have in mind.
I see many sources of inspiration in the local running community. I have had the opportunities to meet and be inspired by these ordinary people, men and women alike, who are determined and focused to push their limits through their passion. These people do not live in the comfort zone. They continually strive to better their previous achievements. They've shown me that anything is possible once you've set your mind to do it!
Most of them started running 10km before they move on to half-marathons and marathons. The more determined ones will move on to ultra marathons that can reach up to 100 miles or even ultra-trail marathons of varied distances and grueling terrains.
Frankly, running isn't my passion. I run on a 'have-to' basis to keep my diabetes under control. But being inspired can change the mindset. I have found my role model and her courage has encouraged me to test my limits outside of my comfort zone. It is not to say that if she can do it, for sure I can too nor do I want to do exactly as she has. It is more important for me to emulate her strong willpower, determination and focus to achieve what she's set out to do ... completing various marathons, ultra-marathons, ultra-trail marathons, triathlons and then Ironman.
In my eyes, she is a superwoman and unconsciously she has given permission to others including me, to be as courageous as her. I am sure this is the purpose God had in store for her.