Feel the Power
by Dave Kirgan
One of the things that makes being an adult athlete so amazing is that sense of power we feel when in motion and firing on all cylinders. There is really nothing like it. Some call it the “High”, while others just call it the “Love”. It doesn’t matter what words we attach to it, because there really are no words to describe it.
When we are young, before realizing that fantasizing about being a super hero is immature, we imagine that we have all sorts of powers. We believe, and we become a person with powers. We can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning and get on with exploring life’s wonders. We are excited because everything is new and we want to know what is around the next turn.
Then, we grow up and must be an adult. Adults don’t have time for fantasy. We are too busy being grown up and making a living. We are not supposed to believe that magic is loose in the world. Powers are for people in the movies, and make-believe is for children. When we mature, our imagination doesn’t work like it used to. Our toys have to do things now, where once they were powered by make-believe. That excitement for what awaits down the road fades. Vacations are about rest and being entertained, not adventure.
Something happens to change all of that when we decide that we need to begin a life in motion. Our trips down the road, sweating and breathing in all that fresh oxygen, does something to our brains. Our imaginations get charged back up. We start getting excited about what’s around that turn again. As we get in better and better condition, we feel what real power is like. We believe again. When we are in motion and decide it’s time to accelerate, we learn what real power feels like. We are like that child, again, with their super suit on and their imagination soaring.
Life can, at times, make us feel powerless. We need that regular hour of exercise or miles of training, to let our imaginations soar. We need that reminder that we do have power over what we can control: ourselves.