When the thermostat falls below zero,
And the world is blanketed in ice and snow
What reasons do you have to lace up for a run?
I run to embrace the hardships and the beauty of Life
The fresh air that both stings and elicits tears of joy
The movement that jars the joints but loosens the spirit.
I run to marvel a world so vast, so different, so wild
I, who was born in a warm cradle of the tropics
I now flow through a landscape locked in ice.
I run to see the world, and to look inwards
To tackle a daunting distance, I still the mind –
The road. The cold. The pain. Me. We co-exist.
I run to seek the Truth, whatever it may be
Today I uncovered the ugliness of my soul
The excuses I too quickly and willingly make
So I ran to surmount my fear of discomfort
I surrender myself, vulnerable, to the harsh exposure
And survived. Today, I learnt how strong my mind is.
I run for I no longer fear the darkness or the sun
Neither the humid heat nor the February frost
I am a child of the elements
The wind, the snow, and the cold
Whispered in silvery voices, calling me
To return home, to return to the Truth.