Photo provided by Lydia Casiano
With 2020 comes the annual Shamrock run, and this year it was a five kilometer run. With this run comes a plethora of determination and resolve that is clearly visible to the spectator. With this came a conflict between two seperate ideals. It is common knowledge that me, you, and everyone else in the world both have the same sense of time; we can effectively communicate with each other and respond to each other’s actions. However, with the advance of time comes new limits and repercussions that didn’t exist in an earlier point in time, which is known as the curse of age.
However, do these limits truly exist? As one ages, do these limits form physically or psychologically? One may argue that a lot of these so-called limits form from not believing that you have the capability of doing certain things at your age. This thought had sparked in my head because of what I saw at the run.
I was standing on the sidewalk hugging the street in front of the football field where the run was getting ready to begin. I was right by the brick wall that leads back to the tiernan center, the side facing the street, and I was waiting in anticipation for the run to begin. However, something peculiar had sparked my interest at this event, and that was the variety I had seen.
The variety I saw at the run was phenomenal. The range covered all ages, from little girls who appeared no older than five to guys with white hair, no one in this run set these limits for themselves. I believe that this proves a major point in that one should not set physical limits in favor of emotions. These people got out and ran five kilometers even though some may not consider themselves as physically fit as a 16 year old. With it carries a tremendous amount of dignity that this race had most definitely glorified.
The best thing this run did was offering rewards for a variety of age groups. They didn’t specify a single “winner”, but rather had a winner for each age group. This shows that victory only exists under a certain context; but by creating multiple contexts in this race, everyone had a chance to shine no matter what age group they were in. The youthful spirit that can reimagine itself in all ages had a chance to emerge in this race.
The lesson I’ve picked up from this race is that, no matter how old you are, don’t tell yourself you can’t do something you want to do just because of your age. No matter if you’re young or old, if you put your mind to it, you can eventually get it done because no matter how old we are, we all have with us intellect and we can apply that intellect to various things. I had never gotten more hyped up by a race before.
The morning wind had settled along with the race, carrying with it a sense of serenity and a shining sun that would metaphorically be a perfect ending. The duality this race challenges is something that I am glad to have recognized and be able to bring to light.