“I feel like my generation lost hobbies. Everything doesn’t have to be a hustle, side hustle, or money-making enterprise. Sometimes it’s just fun to do something because it brings you joy, peace, relaxation, or allows you to be creative. Let’s rediscover hobbies in 2020.” – Keshia
In 2017, I went through some emotional loses that caused me to re-evaluate my vision for the future. It still involves some form of the “white picket fence… 2.5 children” fairy tale but it has evolved. My vision now centers around a peace that withstands the oppositions we face in life and is driven by the desire to leave a different kind of legacy. The evolution towards this new vision all started in taking up running as a hobby. Running helped me heal, rebuilt my confidence and allowed me to see there is something beyond just “adulting”. The trick I discovered to making hobbies work is the time commitment. In a world focused on immediate gratification, the real treasures
take time. In making a year commitment to each of the following forms of a running, I got incrementally closer to a more enriched life.
Obstacle Course Racing (OCR)
At the tail end of 2017 I tried my hand at long distance running but quickly recognized the only way I would endure the distance would be if it was in the woods with lots of obstacles to keep me entertained. Entering my first race made me realize how hard these obstacles were and they “bit back” when you messed up! In 2018, with a strong commitment to training I was able to run competitively in a few Spartans, a Savage Race, a Bonefrog, a Green Barrette Challenge, the Barbarian Challenge and the Frog Town Challenge. These races re-built my confidence but left me beat-up physically, so I decided to transition to pure trail running at the end of 2018.
Trail Running & Girls on the Run
Trail running didn’t seem so boring after my stint in OCR, so when January 2019 came around, I was poised to race in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and California. But changing gears came with its own set of challenges with chronic injuries keeping me sidelined for the first part of the year. Eventually, I podiumed in multiple races in Georgia and found true peace running in California on the Rubicon Trail. But the game changed again, when with the opportunity to build a legacy through mentoring young women. To keep my mind off my chronic injuries, I signed up to be a coach for Girls on the Run. Working with young women and watching them become more confident through running was more rewarding than any medal I had ever won.
So, as I move into 2020, my confidence is high, and my vision is clear because of my re-commitment to my childhood passion of running. I’m now headed back to the form of running I love most, sprinting. Already, with the training professionals involved in this phase, I see options for building something that allows youth to have access to athletic resources that will help them grow in more than just their sport. My reason for sharing this is to inspire you to re-commit to a hobby because you never know what you will discover about yourself along the way.