Thursday, January 03, 2013
While doing my intervals on the treadmill tonight, I looked outside into the front yard and saw a deer. My treadmill sits right in front of the big picture window in our living room. I live in Montana and our house is almost at the base of a mountain. Maybe three football fields away...........there are no emoticons for deer so insert self constructed visualization here.
I wondered what the deer must be thinking of me while munching the sweet grass beneath the snow under our huge blue spruce tree. At first I figured it was probably thoughts of whether or not I was able to shoot her from inside the house. This would be a real fear for a deer in Montana even if that is illegal even outside the city limits. Perhaps she wondered why I wasn't getting anywhere. Then I thought maybe she was wondering why the heck I was running when obviously a predator was not chasing me.
I have said I only run when chased. LOL I have decided that the deer was wrong. There is a predator chasing me. The predator would be my unhealthy habits which I am trying to break. Think about it. A predator's goal is to catch and kill. If I don't keep moving, my unhealthy habits will most certainly catch and kill me.
I think really weird stuff when I am on the treadmill and have to admit the deer provided a nice accompaniment to my run. I thought about what it would be like to run outside like a deer. What it would feel like to be able to jump like a deer and what it would feel like to be the deer outside peering in at me. Deer have it pretty hard and they never complain. Maybe I will try patterning myself after the deer.
Life lessons come from everywhere, I guess.