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Are You Awake?

February 13th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Years ago I used to run along the beach in the very early morning. I’d rise out of bed in the morning at 4:30am – 5:30am while my family was still asleep and drive up to Del Mar. I’d park my vehicle in front of the Deli and walk a 1/4 mile down to the beach where I’d begin my run. It really was something special to run along the surf and hear the waves gently roll in. Sometimes the water would run close to my feet and I’d have to retreat closer to the cliffs where the sand was more dry.

I don’t remember what I thought of when I ran in the pitch black near those cliffs. I probably thought of anything and everything. How magical it felt to be running along the beach with no one else out there. How eerie it was to do this at the same time. When I ran in the early morning my life was filled with a sense of purpose and I felt like I could take on the day and any day with more passion and inspiration than anyone around me.

I was on top of world and living my dreams to a maximum.

These days I don’t rise as early. My work day starts later and I feel groggy and stiff in the morning. I’m adamantly hoping that it’s just a phase and I will return to my lively and ambitious self before long. Life circumstances change and our circadian rhythms change with them.

I still hear the surf rolling in in the early hours of the morning. It’s permanently ingrained in my head. What would I give to go back to those days? What would I give to recreate those days? I’m not sure. It’s hard to put a price tag on it. I guess I would say it’s priceless.

So I must ask you; are you awake?

If you aren’t, what might you be missing?
What memories could you create for yourself that will carry you forward during the lowest of times?

I’d love to hear what you’ve lived…
I’d love to hear from you,

Matthew R. Polkinghorne

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