March 20, 2015 by Ray Yanek
Things I Learned About Writing through Running Pt. 4:
Thing #4– Event organizers often have free beer waiting for contestants at the finish line. That’s right.
You know why many races, especially the longer ones, have beer waiting at the end? Because running a race is hard damn work. Training for a race is hard damn work. And runners deserve a free beer after crossing that finish line.
They deserve to celebrate because, regardless of the finishing time or distance ran, they have accomplished something that not everyone can. They were dedicated to the process. They strapped on their shoes and hit that road religiously. They fought through sore knees and shin splints, blistered feet and sore muscles.
Writing and creating is hard damn work also. Really hard. Therefore, when you finish that project–whether it be a short story, poem, or novel you deserve a little treat too. Just like with running when you finish a piece you’ve done something that not everyone has the dedication to do.
You started. You put the first word down and then you followed that word with another. You kept showing up to that blank page religiously. You spent a lot of time in isolation. Your brain hurt, you fought through frustrations, blocks, and self-doubt.
And ou finished.
So go celebrate. Have a beer or a glass of wine. Have a piece of pie. Take a hot bath, Buy yourself something. Go for dinner. Something. –with in reason of course. 😉
Anything–within reason of course because remember that you have to get back on the road or back in front of that computer tomorrow.
But do something, because you crossed that finish line and you deserve it.