The Life Of Meh

the life of mehThe life of meh – that sort of sums up the past seven weeks for me. You could have asked me any question about anything and in nearly every case; my answer would have been “meh…”

The Life Of Meh

After running and finishing nine 100 mile races in the past seven years, I have become quite familiar with the life of meh… it is a period of time after a race that lasts about seven weeks where everything in life is either muted or just blah. And the worst part of it all is that there really isn’t anything that I can do about it.

Believe me I have tried to shortcut the process in the past… I have tried everything from doing next to nothing for the month and a half after a race to trying to press on as if it just business as usual, and different variations in between but to no avail…. I can not escape it.

Fortunately, this past Monday after my afternoon run I felt it… for the first time since August 20th, I felt 100% absolutely like ME! No more brain fog, no more ambivalence… just a strong feeling of self and feeling alive… no more life of meh…

I am not writing this to explain how tough life has been the past few weeks or moan about it all but rather what I have learned and how I see these down-cycles as actually having a huge benefit in life.

For starters, to get ANYTHING done takes at least twice the effort during these life of meh phases… It challenges me every day to stick to my plans and to get done what I need to get done. Granted it is not my most productive time of the year but I learn or relearn how to function when things are tough.

It makes me appreciate all of the other good weeks in life… One of my friends told me once that when things are good to be grateful and when things are bad to be graceful and this is my time to be the latter…

Seven weeks is a long time to feel “off” and when I am going through my post-race whatever-it-is, when all I feel is “meh” – being patient is really all that I can do. I can only do my best every day and though it is usually not my best-best it is the best that I can do and I have to be patient with myself about that. I also have to be patient in just riding it out to the end… I know the blues will dissipate; they always do, but trust me, by week four I am completely done with feeling that way and would give anything for a way out.

But the most important thing I learn and realize during these phases is this… I want to live my life on fire… I want life to be fun and exciting and full of wonderment. The life of meh that I am forced to live for several weeks actually becomes a life affirming event in the sense that it teaches me that is not that kind of life I want to live the other 45 weeks of the year.

No meh for me…

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 19 September 2015 (Just hours after the 2015 Run Rabbit Run 100. Me sinking into Meh mode.)

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