Finding resolution in the journey
By Aaron Mabry | Jan 05, 2012

In light of the recent New Year, it seems appropriate to convey a message that relates to change and resolution. The only difference is that I don’t intend to vomit out one of those overdone motivational soapbox talks that might get you motivated for a week.
After all, those types of provocation tools almost always end badly.  You might read through it, have a moment of self awareness and new direction, then blindly leap out of your seat without regard to who you really are and why you’re doing such a silly thing that you most assuredly won’t finish.
In line with that perspective, one of the things I hate the worst is walking by the news stand or skimming through the most recent Yahoo news articles and seeing these tidbit stories written by health gurus and motivational speakers alike, sounding off on the “Top 5” foods, exercises, jobs, etc. to make your 2012 successful.  In jest, I suppose my question is why do we really take any of this seriously, but in reality, I’m wondering why we use the term “success” as our standard of measurement? After all, the term in and of itself implies an inevitable end result; but isn’t real knowledge empirical in nature and only discovered along the journey?
In any case, many look at New Year’s as a time to let the past be gone and to move forward with the newer, better “you.”
However, a resolution can only truly be realized given that it’s surrounded by the right sense of awareness that breeds real change. In essence, finding a resolution means that you’ve had some type of epitome in life that drives you forward. But what good is a driving purpose without the empirical understanding of how you got there? So, as painful as it sounds, I say use retrospect as your first tool toward understanding who you are. Once you know that, you can make realistic goals that fit your specific lifestyle and work around your habits, both good and bad.
But most of all, don’t get caught up in a number. If we’re being honest, that’s all the New Year really is; a number that we’ve been socialized to interpret as a trigger to begin the rejuvenation process. Instead, find rejuvenation in every day life, and most importantly, all year round. So take the time to get to know you first and when you come to a true realization, chances are it’ll speak volumes beyond anything you might see on a “2012 To Do List” or ridiculous “Top 5” article.
Oh, and since this was supposed to be a running column, run four miles tomorrow.
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Aaron Mabry is a former 800m and 1,000m State Champion from Pisgah High School. He ran collegiately at East Carolina University where he had the opportunity to compete in Conference USA. Now married, he’s the Director of the Haywood County Fairgrounds and is an assistant coach for Pisgah’s distance program.