According to Wikipedia, a Second Wind is a phenomenon in distance running, such as marathons or road running (as well as other sports), whereby an athlete who is out of breath and too tired to continue suddenly finds the strength to press on at top performance with less exertion. Some scientists believe the second wind to be a result of the body finding the proper balance of oxygen to counteract the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. Others claim second winds are due to endorphin production.
Documented experiences of the second wind go back at least 100 years, when it was taken to be a commonly held fact of exercise. The phenomenon has come to be used as a metaphor for continuing on with renewed energy.
Are you in need of Finding your Second Wind? I know I need mine now more than ever. Even more than when I was running half and full marathons. I am having to reach deep within to power up strength to deal with and handle all the pandemic fall out. Every day the impact continues to reach more, impact more, and disrupt what was our life.
Since yesterday when I usually begin to write my weekly post, I was having difficulty finding the inspiration on what to write about. Upon reflecting more and discussing with my husband, we determined that with the pandemic overshadowing everything, it was more challenging to find the sources to be inspired and uplifted. For example, we have enjoyed the Sunday paper for years. Now, with all live cultural events such as plays, musicals, dance performances, book launches, fashion shows, concerts and other types of entertainment on pause, there is not much for a news outlet to report other than statistics and updates on the pandemic. We are all now watching individually on our mobile devices videos and streams of concerts, Broadway productions, museum tours, travel pics, podcasts and so much more. True, it is not the same as live, however I am grateful to have these resources available. Though I have to admit, as the days roll from one into another, and the new reality of life takes hold through all the adaptations and adjustments we are making, I feel a sadness.
And today seeing and speaking with familiar faces at Trader Joes, others are feeling it too. So what is one to do? For me, I will internally reset and find strength from my Second Wind to propel me forward and overcome to thrive. I make a commitment to myself to refuse to allow outer circumstances to negatively impact my life. Practicing self care is a key component of my being able to handle this and any challenge that comes my way.
My husband and I will walk the beach today, giving thanks for living where we do and being able to appreciate the beauty around us and spending time in nature.
I will also look at my daily routines and see where I can inject bursts of positive reinforcement and inspiration. For we have unlimited potential and incredible opportunities just waiting for us to discover. We just need to make the choice and find those gold nuggets. Keep dreaming, keep believing, keep visualizing, and keep moving forward creating your life.
With Light and Love and finding your Second Wind,