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francopoli  ·  368 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Want to become self-compassionate? Run a marathon

This is why I posted it. I'll never run a marathon; I'm a tank class not a DPS class. I wanted to see what the runners and joggers of Hubski had to add.

WanderingEng  ·  368 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was talking with a friend a couple months ago about how we were told we could achieve anything in life and what a lie that turned out to be. I find running to be a good antithesis to that. It's about being the best the individual can be and finding little value in comparing against others.

It probably applies to lots of things. Running is easy to measure, but I think it could apply to anything where someone values their own ability, even if that ability provides nothing to the subject. Maybe especially if it provides nothing. Growing a topic invites scrutiny which invites self doubt.

Basically I think everyone needs a hobby, something where they're doing something. It doesn't need to be active, but it should be something where they're bettering themselves.

I feel happier since I started running, but I don't think it's running itself, I think it's from having a hobby where I can feel myself being more capable.

katakowsj  ·  361 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Couldn’t agree more. Self-compassion rings a bell with me when no of my middle school math students. Far and away my top students are the ones that are most forgiving of themselves. The ones that are able to forgive themselves for the mistakes everybody makes while learning are the kids that write their own ticket to wherever they choose.

Hobbies are great places to develop a better sense of self-compassion. Rather than pursuing the pleasure of the next drink, or overindulging so where else, a person with a hobby can develop an appreciation for their achievements. I buy it wholeheartedly.

I also enjoy running. Usually in the 3-5mile range, otherwise I’m cutting too much into family time.

Thanks for your perspective.

OftenBen  ·  368 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Badged for

    I'm a tank class not a DPS class.
francopoli  ·  368 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Damn you :)