We Must Live by our Principles While Being Empathetic to Others and be Ultimately be Able to Put Ourselves in Their Shoes
“Think Easy, Light, Smooth, and Fast. You start with easy, because if that’s all you get, that’s not so bad. Then work on light. Make it effortless, like you don’t give a sh*t how high the hill is or how far you’ve got to go. When you’ve practiced that so long that you forget you’re practicing, you work on making it smooooooth. You won’t have to worry about the last one – you get those three, and you’ll be fast.”
Last night my wife and I had a babysitter and went to see ‘Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco’. It was nice for us to get out for the first time in what feels like a long time. We got to see some people from the Trail Nerds that we have not seen in a while as well. It felt funny to not have the baby with us but was a nice and much needed break (actually prescribed by our pediatrician).
If you read Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book ‘Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’, you already know who Caballo is. Until seeing this movie last night; he was an interesting character in a book I really like, but now he represents much more.
He wanted to be left alone by the parts of society that he felt clouded his focus and to live in a world of respect, peace, and altruism. He brought people together and continues to even after his death. I realized that he was not only a character in that book, but a major reason it was written versus being a magazine article and he brought it all together, literally. By simply being himself, he changed countless lives with little expectation from his actions.
While there were some people who used his race and his causes for their own benefit, he remained true to his principles. The race was designed to put food in the hands of people who needed it and this was a prize for participation. Many if not all of the non Tarahumara participants donated their corn and winning back to the Tarahumara people who it was intended to feed.
This is obviously about Mika True, AKA Caballo Blanco but at the same time it is about living a life with purpose and intention which is what I hope to do. It is important for all living being to coexist in a synergistic and symbiotic relationship, it is vital to respect each other and imperative that we love each other. We must live by our principles while being empathetic to others and be ultimately be able to put ourselves in their shoes.
So there you have it. Thank you Caballo for getting me through runs in the past while I thought of your running philosophy, and thank you today for aiding in my continuing awakening process.