On my laptop’s desktop, I have a great program called ATNotes (yes, it says it’s discontinued, but you can still download it – they’re just not providing support anymore, though it’s such a small application that I’ve never had any crashing problems or anything). It’s basically like post-its for your desktop. A lot of what I keep in there are to-do notes, phone numbers, etc, but I also have a few inspirational quotes. My mom absolutely loves this program, and her desktop is crammed so full of notes that you can’t read any of it, but I keep my mine fairly empty. Here are the three inspirational quotes at the bottom of my screen:
“To reach a port, we must sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.” -Franklin Roosevelt
This is one of my favorite quotes. Though you wouldn’t know it from my accomplishments, I’m inherently pretty lazy. It’s very easy to drift along without trying, and I love that this quote reminds me to put some effort into what I’m doing to get a better result and .
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney
This one goes along with the theme of doing the impossible. A few years ago, I never would have thought I could even run a mile, and here I am joyfully running a marathon every weekend! Nothing is impossible.
“Nobody says that they wish they hadn’t run today.”
Funny, but I’ve never regretted going for a run! Even if it’s rainy and cold, you always feel great getting home and knowing you toughed it out.
One last quote I want to include comes not from my desktop, and not even from real life, but from my delusional thoughts while running this past weekend’s Hartford Marathon. I was thinking about how I’m always being asked about my hobbies and interests, and I imagined a conversation that would go something like this:
“So what do you do in your spare time?”
“During the week I like to cook, read, work out, watch TV, you know, just boring stuff after work. On weekends I run marathons.”
“Oh, you’re training for a marathon? Which one?”
“No, I mean I run marathons. The past month I’ve done one each weekend.”
So far that conversation hasn’t happened, but I can’t wait till it does!
This post was written as a part of Runners’ Lounge’s Take It And Run Thursday, in which runners from all across the running blogging community come together to post about a single topic. This week’s theme was Running Quotes and Sayings.