"The sweet belief of knowing nothing comes for free", Villagers




I went for a run a couple of days ago.

Just me and my dog.


Beautiful sunshine and that early morning calmness that fuels the rest of my day.

I started on the path along the beach and within a few minutes I found myself stumbling and falling.


A proper fall.

Arms in front of me.

The knee scraping along the way.


A sensation that I had not had since I was a young lad back in Italy, where falls like these were daily occurrences.


I got up and immediately looked around me to see if anyone saw me.

What a strange thing to do.


There was nobody around and I knew that.

However the muscle memory must have reconnected the fall with the laughs and the jeerings we used to have at each other's expenses when it happened.


I reassured myself that my pride was intact and looked at my scraped knee - when was the last time I had one of them?


I have to admit, I was a bit shook - I am 6'3" and not a lightweight!! - and I considered turning around and walk back the few hundred metres and forget about running for the day.

But something - adrenaline? - kicked in and I started running with a renewed purpose.

Running to relieve the pain in my knee?

Running to prove to myself that it's important to dust yourself off and keep going?


Or just running because a fall like that was a pretty normal thing all those years ago and what's the difference now?


Nothing.


Yes, I am older, heavier and ...


That's it really.

Nothing else.

So as I ran I let myself go down memory lane.

Remember all those interminable games of football on the streets when a bloody knee was a sign of commitment, when falling face first and getting up again to finish the race or the game of tag, was fun.


I run one of my fastest 5km in a while.

Most of it with a smile on my face.


And as I reached the end of it, Villagers came on the playlist and the beautiful song that is Courage.


I love that song.


"Courage

In harmony with something other than your ego

Courage

The sweet belief of knowing nothing comes for free

For free...

Courage

It's a feeling like no other"

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