Energy drinks, power bars, food supplements, and ever more rigorous exercise routines are all designed to increase our vigour and strength we are told. It seems that the search for energy is sought from outside ourselves at every turn. And many businesses are eager to capitalize on our search.
It is important to eat healthy food and to keep oneself active. But is it really necessary to reach for that next perfectly balanced carbohydrate-protein bar or caffeine soaked snack or to add one more day of demanding exercise to your routine? I learned some time ago, there’s another way to view and experience energy.
At one point in my life I cross-country skied quite a lot, and one year found myself training for the Birkebeiner ski marathon in Norway. It’s a 2000-metre ascent over about 50 km of mountain terrain. I’m glad I didn’t know how tough it was going to be before I started! At the top of the mountain, in whiteout conditions, wet and feeling very alone, it would have been so easy to quit. I was certainly tempted because many others had already quietly dropped out – but I didn’t. Was it human will – or something else? More on that in a minute.Continue Reading