Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Emotionally Attached

Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.-- Sigmund Freud

In recent years I have become sort of dependent on running. I don't need it to lose weight. I don't need it to get in shape. I don't need to do "cardio" (I hate that word). I do however live for the euphoria that I feel while running and even post-run. The average cost of a therapist range for $50-$240 per hour. Run therapy will only cost you the price of shoes, shirt and shorts unless you plan to run barefoot and go streaking. If that is your thing, running is absolutely free; save the opportunity cost of jail time.

There are lots of ways to get some sort of therapy outside of actual therapy. Running just happens to be the safest, healthiest, and cheapest. Let's go to everyone's favorite. Old reliable alcohol. Whether it's wine, beer, or hard liquor, booze can solve many problems; temporarily. Remember the old adage, drink away the pain. That pain comes back in the form of hangovers and bad decisions. If you have lots of issues, like me, you would end up drinking every night... I'd rather run every day.

I find running works wonders in some of your greatest moments, like the morning I graduated after waiting 18 years, or horrible moments, like when I found out that my company transfer just wasn't going to work out in a different state. Problems never go away without solving. One can't drink away the pain. One can't smoke away the pain. One can't fly away from the pain, sniff the pain away or sex away the pain. It will still be there. That said, you can't go for a 15 miler and expect the pain to drop like the sweat that you lost. That too will be there when your run is complete. It does give you clarity at times.

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