“The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner”

“The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” is a movie from 1962, based on the short story of the same name by Adam Sillitoe.  Purposefully done in black and white, the film is thought provoking and introspective, yet emotionally stirring.  The film offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of an individual, yet leaves the viewer questioning.

In one of the opening sequences, actor Tom Courtenay is seen running along a road with the following monologue.

“It is hard to understand.
All I know is that you have got to run.
Run without knowing why through fields and woods.
And the winning boasts no end,
Even though the balmy crowds might be cheering daft.
That’s what the loneliness of the long distance feels like.”

In this scene, Director Tony Richardson, creates a beautifully symbolic scene that leaves one feeling inspired.  I feel as if this monologue can be applied to any passion or drive in one’s life.  Passion and drive are hard to explain and hard to understand.  We are all created with individual gifts, talents, and passions.  They are part of who we are.  Maybe it is not about why but instead about acknowledging the inward call and following hard after it.

May you seek after that which you love and were created to do.  May you strive to do your best, regardless of the outcome.


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