The Keys to Life (According to Will Smith)

Will Smith once said, “Running and reading are the keys to life.”

He went on to explain that when you run, there is a voice inside your head listing reasons to stop. Things like: I’m tired, my legs hurt, I can’t breath, etc. If you can shut down that voice, and still accomplish your running goals, then you win and that ultimately makes you stronger.

Will Smith also said that there is not a problem in the world that hasn’t been written about. So, you are really never alone.

I agree with the the Fresh Prince. If you can finish, whether you are running one mile or 10 miles, and if you can seek out knowledge and wisdom from those who came before you, you are far ahead of most.

Last May, I signed up for my first half marathon. Two weeks before the day of the race, shit hit the fan and my parents ended up spending nineteen consecutive nights in a row at our house. There was no time for marathon training. The day of the race came and I was anxious. I had not run as much as I needed to. But, I finished. And I didn’t do that bad either! Will Smith’s saying “Running and reading are the keys to life,” kept bobbing through my mind.

A book that I read during the time of my half marathon training that was also extremely inspirational is called Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. It’s about a tribe in Mexico called the Tarahumara who run hundreds of miles without injury or any real “training.” They can run in extreme heat, with little amounts of water, and even after a night of hard drinking and partying. It really reminded me of how amazing our bodies are.

So my recommendation to you is to read the book Born to Run, insert “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” onto your workout playlist, and get inspired to hit the pavement. After all, running and reading may just be the keys to life.

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