Is the journey of life what’s important? Or is it your goal or your destination that makes life worth it? The short answer: Yes. The journey and the destination are important, and they reciprocally make the other worth it. An aimless journey is not very satisfying, and it’s not worth the trip. Vice versa, you can’t reach a destination if you don’t take a journey–otherwise, you haven’t left the place where you started.
All in all, as crazy as it all was, as hard and frustrating as the runs sometimes were (physically and emotionally)… while the memories played back, I realized that I’m fondly attached to them. There’s something strangely special about times of challenge… and, yes, as sayings that talk about the journey being most important would suggest, you often don’t realize how important journeys are until they draw near to a close.
Still, the destination is important, too. Doing all of that training and then not running my marathon–or attempting it but not completing it–would have been pretty disappointing. Plus, you better believe I enjoyed the thrill of actually running my marathon (and even more so the thrill of finishing it!). The arduous training made the success even sweeter.
My recommendation: Treasure your journeys and celebrate reaching your destinations.