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I never saw the movie Sliding Doors. If I had, maybe I wouldn’t be writing this post. For those that have never heard of it, the plot of the movie centers around the two possible lives a woman may have had depending on whether she made it on to a subway car or not on one fateful night.
How many sliding doors do we make or miss every day in our lives?
According to some physicists, every decision we make is Sliding Doors in the making. Every decision we make creates two or more possible outcomes, with every possible outcome actually occurring in separate universes. Some of those sliding doors lead to minor, almost undetectable changes in our lives; others can have dramatic effects. It’s enough to paralyze one’s decision-making ability, which I’m sure is one of the sliding doors.
It makes you wonder what your life would be like now had you taken a slightly different path early in your life – a poetry course instead of American Lit in school; or a skiing trip instead of the beach or home for Spring Break; the drug store instead of the grocery store to pick up some Advil. Would you still be you?
What does this have to do with running?
Nothing really, except this – many of us go through life not really thinking about the sliding doors we may or may not be going through. We don’t think about what doors may be closing for good on us as we walk past them. I am making an effort to make sure that I do everything I can to maintain my health and my ability to run. I am actively looking for the sliding doors that I think will make me a better, stronger and more enduring runner and in the long run, a healthier old man.
It’s still a guessing game. You never know for sure which sliding doors lead where, but you can make educated, pro-active guesses, and do what you know is right for you. Sitting on the couch with a pint of ice cream after dinner or going for a walk? On any given day, either choice will probably not have long, rippling effects, but making the same bad choices on a daily basis certainly will.
What doors did you walk by today?