. . . lived in the 19th century?
If I had lived in the nineteenth century, I would be a Jewish peasant in Russia. I think I can claim with a fair amount of certainty that I would not be a runner.
I’d be too busy trying to survive. Heck, what was the life expectancy back then? A little googling shows that no one actually knows or agrees — some say we could expect a much shorter lifespan back then, others say that’s not true.
What I do know is true is that back then, I’d be too busy doing all those chores that our modern conveniences have taken over: washing dishes and pots by hand, no doubt getting water from a well, cooking every morsel I ate from scratch, making my own clothes, washing my own clothes by hand, mending my own clothes, making candles, perhaps tending livestock (assuming I was lucky enough to have some), growing my own food . . . the list goes on and on.
Think our lives are busy and overscheduled? Just stop to think about what your ancestors had to do just to survive the next time you’re tempted to complain about how little free time you have (which I do as well as the next person).
Seriously, think about it: think about how lucky we are to live today and have all these modern conveniences! Without them, I know without a doubt, I would not be a runner. I’d be too worn down and tired simply from trying to stay alive.
I wouldn’t have the time to sit and write about running, much less the time to run.
Is it any wonder that I am not a fast runner? It’s not in my genes.
And do you think I’d be happier living back then, in that simpler time that we all seem to long for ?
I don’t think so. Or maybe I would be because it would be all I knew. But I can’t imagine a life filled with chores sunup to sundown would have been very fulfilling. I wouldn’t have needed to “exercise”, because I’d get plenty of exercise every day, but none of that exercise would make me feel good the way running does.
This is something I need to remember whenever I get overwhelmed with life.
I’m linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup; today’s theme was spring racing plans — my spring half marathon will be Shipyard Maine Coast Half: free photos, free tracking, scenic views of the Maine coast! Use the code JLitt for $5 off your registration if you’d like to come run it with me.
What sort of life would you have had in the 19th century?