Silence. Quiet. Calm. Peace. These are the things that I crave. Admittedly, I am quite the hermit. If you were to leave me to my own devices, I would happily stay away from the busyness of everyday life. I am quite content to stay at home or go for a run by myself. I love being in the woods and I enjoy how thoughts float in and out of my mind. Sometimes, there are epiphanies. Sometimes, I get inspired. Sometimes, I simply take stock in things. Sometimes, I pray.
I actually get very cranky when I don’t get quiet time. Do you ever get like that?
It’s like I need a reset. I seem to get a little anxious when there are too many things on the calendar. And, once I’ve made it through whatever is on my schedule, I crave the silence, the stillness.
Many days, when the kids are still at school and my smallest minion is taking her nap, I will just sit in my favorite chair and stare out of the window at the trees. I could sit there for 5 minutes or 50. Doesn’t matter to me. I don’t have to be doing anything.
I find it a little unsettling that society today seems a bit uncomfortable just sitting. Do we have to be constantly productive? Is it ok to just sit?
Maybe that’s why I don’t play the radio in the car, I don’t typically run in a group, and I enjoy the quietness of swimming. I need that head space so that I can reset. After being over-stimulated during my busy times, it’s may way to recover.
When was the last time you sat in stillness and did nothing?
Run happy. Run long.
Amy is an ultramarathoner and triathlete, a coach, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also an ultramarathoner and triathlete), and kids in Ohio.