There are days when my running playlist inspires a blog and this was one of them.
It was a dreary day and hard to be out there and then John Fogerty’s song “Centerfield” came on. For a few minutes, the virtual sun came out, the snow melted and I was sprinting down the road — at least in my head. I especially love that song this time of the year because it reminds me that the baseball season is just around the corner. Spring training is a little over a month away. There’s the excitement… the new players to be assessed… the promise… the hope… Opening day… the crack of the bat and the cheers from the stands… it just doesn’t get old!
“We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field… Look at me, I can be centerfield…”
But that’s only part of the reason I love this song, and this blog isn’t really about baseball. I love the metaphors in this song. For me, the lyrics are about hope, starting over, facing every day as a new day and being ready to shine.
“A moment in the sun…”
So many of my friends that have lost weight and taken up running have had positive changes in their lives that they attribute directly to their success at weight loss. My friend Tiff got promoted and is just glowing from the self-confidence that she’s gained professionally and as a runner. CJ has been featured in her local newspaper and is giving talks on weight loss using social media. Melissa ran a marathon and has taken up a new career in art and writing. And there are so many more. We’re all having “moments in the sun” that for many have been a long time in coming. We’ve “spent our time in the Mudville Nine, watching it from the bench.” And now here we are enjoying our own time in “centerfield” and loving the fun and new adventures that we’ve brought into our own lives.
Let’s give this game a ride… Because as Fogerty sings: “You know the time is now.”