After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

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Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.


Monday, February 18, 2013

The Man in the Mirror

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: February 18, 2013

Today I was given the opportunity to do something that I have only dreamed of! You know one of those - you just can't refuse it things.

I turned it down!

What in the world are you talking about Harold?

I can't get into the specifics, but I was given the opportunity to do something that I have wanted to do for a very long time and even though I was sorely tempted to take the offer, it only took about a minute to make my decision, to go in a different direction.

Why did I turn it down?

It was pretty simple, I wanted to do the right thing for the right reason. 

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that I believe that this saying is more than just empty words to me.

No it was nothing illegal, immoral or anything like that, it was and is something that I really, really, really want to do and will do. However a long time ago I had said that I would do this a certain way and if I had accepted this offer, it would have meant compromising myself and betraying the man in the mirror - which I am not going to do.

That guy in the mirror, the one person who knows the truth - the real truth about everything you do and don't do. Today I knew if I had accepted this opportunity, that it would have been a long time before I could really look him in the eye again.

The reality is that it was tempting and no one out there knows how much I wanted to go ahead and do it. Because to be honest I really don't know if I will get the chance to ever do it again. No I am not here writing about how great I am, because I made this choice, because I am not - I have made plenty of mistakes in my life and I just didn't want to add another one to the long list.

Others would or could have taken this opportunity and just gone with it, without a second thought and it would have been a great choice for them.

I just couldn't make that choice for me. While I am very comfortable with my decision, I still think what might have been.

Have you ever had a situation where you have had to turn down an opportunity to do something your really, really wanted to do, because it would not have been the right thing for you?

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