I’m a problem solver. Professionally and personally.
I’m a trial lawyer, which is a fancy way to say that I am a Professional Problem Solver. My clients come to me because they have problems that, to them, are overwhelming and complicated and a big deal. So they throw their problem on my lap and pay me to fix it for them. Their stress becomes my stress. And I am happy to be able to (most times) solve their problems for them and ease their stress.
I’m a (newly) single mom to a pre-teen boy and a teenage girl, which is a fancy way to say I am a Solver-of-All-Teenage-Drama. My kids come to me (or don’t come to me when they should, which makes my job even more difficult) for guidance on teenage drama. And, for them, I would do just about anything to be able to fix the problems that seem like The End of the World and to make it all better. And, even though they don’t always take my advice (and haven’t yet fully learned that I really do know everything), I do solve a fair amount of their problems for them.
I’m a friend to the lovely ladies in my Girls 10 group, which is a fancy way of saying that I’m a Solver-of-All-Problems-Marital (because, let’s face it, with 10 gals in my group, statistically, 5 of us are going to be divorced.) Ugggg, I’m a statistic now! Anyway, maybe it’s because of my legal training (which is listening, analyzing, reasoning, arguing, judgment and psychology all rolled into one), but I seem to be the friend that people come to with their problems. And I am happy to provide advice. Or just a shoulder on which to cry. Or someone to have a beer with. 🙂
You all know that I am ultra Type-A. I have a plan and a schedule for everything in my life. When I have a problem, I want a solution that I can implement, stat. When I have a question, I want an answer ASAP. When I have uncertainty in my life, I want certainty now.
So what the hell does all of this have to do with running?
Running is MY problem solver.
I have so many unanswered questions and uncertainty in my life right now. On the logical level, I know that I just need to be patient and the answers will come in time. But on the practical level, I want to do something to solve the problems and uncertainty right away.
And while running doesn’t always enable me to immediately find the answers or fix the uncertainty, it always gives me perspective. And it always lightens my burdens. And it always makes me feel like I am better able to deal with the challenges that life sends my way.
And so I run.