Saturday, June 17, 2006

I Want to Run the Marathon


- I want to run the marathon.

- What?

- You heard me. I want to run the marathon. I bought a book about how to train for it if you're not a seasoned runner.

- This is crazy. You'll never do it.

- You're probably right. I will never do it.

- I don't get it. Why did you buy the book then?

- Because now I have something I can always look forward to. I probably will never be able to accomplish it, but I will always be excited about the prospects of accomplishing it. Achievable goals die off quickly. Non-achievable goals last forever and give you a reason to keep moving. And keep dreaming as well.

- ...

- I want to live with ongoing purpose and hope. I don't want my purpose to die before me. That's why I want to run the marathon. Not because I can, but because I never will.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we got the same book...
see u at the marathon:)

11:37 PM  
Blogger hashem said...

The accomplished dreams are not dreams any's that unfulfilled ones that fills our dreams, and our desires....
that vague and secret thing...
that day you never lived
that sea you never sailed..
and that never met!
very nice ya Fouad...:)

12:58 AM  
Blogger laila said...

i love the drawing. your drawings remind me of the little prince

3:49 AM  
Blogger Delirious said...

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

--Langston Hughes

8:35 AM  
Anonymous FM said...

I want to lose 10 lbs.
I want to see Myland as a place with less gossips, less "wasta", less conflict, less of "Haifas".
These are few among many things I am longing for. On the otherhand, I am actively/passively contributing to them not happening. Come to think about it, I am protecting my dreams and their identity to stay as dreams, indeed, Fouad. Thanks for this enlightening dialogue.


9:40 AM  
Blogger KNL said...

I ran a marathon last year.


11:03 AM  
Blogger Erzulie said...

I want to run the one in Chicago :P
I doubt that it'll happen though...a lot of miles...I'll probably walk the rest of it...

12:06 PM  
Blogger Ghassan said...

oh my god! I started training too.. I know that I'll never make it because you have to qualify in Boston (you have to be able to finish in 3 hours 10 min... which makes it an average of 7 minutes per miles - I am still way slower than that).. but there are one where you don;t have to qualify (and you could use them as a qualification for the big ones, like Boston and NY), actually there is on in Phillie, would you care to join?
(or are you just being hypothetical in this blog and I made a fool of myself?)

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Jade said...

I want to run a marathon too. I ran a few times a couple of years ago (only 5k runs) and really enjoyed it and wanted to progress.. But I hurt my knee in the process and it's still not 'right'. Currently doing PT.. hopefully that will help.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Unruly Spring said...

Hmmm did this conversation actually happen? ya Allah how some people try to dismiss even the smallest dreams sometimes ! Go run run run ! And then maybe you'll look forward to climbing mount Everest :)

3:57 AM  
Blogger Rania said...

They give you a reason to keep moving, but they keep you behind. Every time you come close to realizing them, you freak out and knock down all that you've been building, because whether you realize it or not, you're scared of the dream coming true. You're scared of not being able to dream anymore, of having nothing to hope for, to want, to keep wanting, to keep trying to reach, always falling whenever you're almost there, always getting up with new hope.

You need that hope whose fulfillment kills... You need the dream, and you can't risk losing it by having it, so you'd rather frame it safely and stare at it forever.

I don't know if it's sad or not...

7:28 AM  

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