Hey guys, what’s up? It’s Stan here.
This is week two, book two of my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge.
This week I read “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.
So, this book got me. I knew when I was gonna read it that it was gonna make me want to run. All I can think about now is getting out there, hitting the track with my bare feet.
So, let me get into the key take aways, what I got out of this book. To sum up, my key take away is three quotes from the book.
The first one being “You don’t stop running because you get old, “you get old because you stop running.”
Second one is “We don’t run to beat each other, “we run to be with each other.”
And the final one is “Make friends with pain, “and you’ll never be alone.” Now, for me, the first quote is so true in so many ways, but, I think it also talks to so many other quotes similar, for instance in the movie “Tag” they talk about “you don’t stop having fun because you get old, “you get old because you stop having fun.” All that sort of stuff is all very similar. You start aging a lot in your mind when you give up the things that you love doing. You start slowing down, we start doing less and less new things, new experiences, or fun things, or exploring, all that sort of stuff slows your brain down, start aging.
Now look, that might be just be something that happens naturally over time, but for me I don’t believe that, I don’t want to buy into that, especially not at 31. But I do see it in people that I know who have aged, parents and grandparents and things like that. I think for us, as 31 year olds, it’s really important to acknowledge early and make sure that we’re always pushing to do more, we’re always pushing to explore more, having fun, learning more, running, exercising, doing all the things that we love to do that will keep us young, keep us healthy.
That second one, that we don’t do this to beat each other we do it to be with each other, I think is also very true in my life right now where I’ve surrounded myself with like-minded people who love exercising, who love pushing themselves, developing themselves. We love eating right, being health, traveling, exploring, business.
All the things that I am trying to succeed with in my life and that I love doing myself, I’m surrounding myself with similar people. And I think that even though I’m trying to be the best that I can be, having these other people around me also trying to do the same, we lift each other up. It’s the old rising tides raises all ships, right.
And the last quote, for me, reminds me of the Yes Theory guys seek discomfort. I think that summarizes it perfectly, I think putting yourself in uncomfortable situations is a very good way of meeting other people and having fun. I think that a lot of people look at putting yourself in uncomfortable situations as a way of getting nervous and scared and all those negative feelings, but actually, when you come out it, when you develop and grow from it, I feel there’s no other feeling like growth and development. And I think from doing that, you’re meeting other people, you get to be with them and create these great new relationships and those relationships and their growth helps you stay young, helps you stay youthful, helps your brain continually grow, keeps you younger longer and allows you to achieve more in life.
So, I think for me that’s my key take aways. I think it’s quite a nice little three points from the book, three great quotes inside them. And so yeah, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, great book, highly recommend it. You will want to start running though, I’m probably going to go for a run now. I’ll keep you updated on how my running goes over the year, but definitely going to give it a shot.
So, next week I’m going to start reading “Shift” by Hugh Howey, read along if you want. If you haven’t read “Wool”, the first book in the series, go ahead and read that first, probably really important that you read that one, but it’s a great post-apocalyptic world. Very cool writing style.
So I’ll hit you back next week with that.
Cheers, thanks for reading.