I read somewhere that “Americans have a hard time closing doors” and it rang true to me as someone who was always intending to get back to stuff. Gonna start training again, gonna get the printing studio running again. I pictured every American man with a rusting muscle car under (many) tarps in the garage, just waiting for the time when “the project” could be taken up again.
Call it cognitive load, guilt, or opportunity cost: keeping these doors open isn’t free. And closing them isn’t easy. (It’s now at least 9 years since I first started thinking of this and I’m only now donating my printing studio to Tamarind.)
“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power…” – Eckhart Tolle
So I’m blown away to see someone closing a door so gracefully: Lauren Fleshman‘s beautiful post on retiring from professional running is truly great.
Love that. Love her collaboration with Oiselle, and that Oiselle’s mission-first approach to business is what introduced me to Fleshman. (Check out their #WearTheBlackout protest of Rule40.)
I know that I’m late to the Lauren Fleshman fan-party, but also that I’m just in time for the beginning of what’s next. Deciding to do something means deciding not to do something else; I suspect few people know this as keenly as athletes.
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