Words and picture by Hamsa Awil.
I embarked on a challenge to run four miles for 40 days. The motive behind this physical and mental quest is to test myself. I lived all my life in my comfort zone. It was approaching three years of running and I wanted to push myself. I tried this challenge before, and I failed. I failed more times than sleeping in my lifetime.
That’s a fact. However, did I quit altogether? No. I used it as fuel -without failure there’s no success. I stopped looking for excuses and went back at it. I learned in life to do things as if it’s your last time.
Whatever you do, do it 100%. When you laugh… laugh.
When you eat, eat as if it’s your last meal, and enjoy life. I wanted to motivate the people in my area to follow their dreams, regardless of the stereotype that is bestowed by society. Running was the best thing I have ever done, and I hope to pass my story to someone out there, for them to then begin their journey.
Exercise is a forgotten art in my area and in the world. I’m not the best with words so I’ll end it on this: ‘Discipline is doing something you hate to do but doing it as if you love it’ – apply that mindset in anything and you’ll be just fine. Stay cool, be calm, and have a chivalrous heart.
CORRECTION: We published the wrong phone number for Healthwatch last issue.
The correct number is 0114 253 6688