While in New York this March, I had the privilege of seeing Wicked live on Broadway. It was amazing!!! One of the songs particularly stood out to me, and still does. I draw on this song for inspiration all the time.
I won't go into the intricate details of the play, but suffice it to say that it centers around the life of the Wicked Witch of the West, who turns out is really just grossly misunderstood. This song is about when she realizes that the Wizard isn't the great guy she thought he was, and decides to strike out on her own and do the right thing, no matter what anybody says.
Nobody will ever be able to convince me that the person who wrote this song was NOT a runner! The beginning lyrics beautifully sum up my feelings about running, and about all of us who are using running to change our lives, and accomplish things we never thought possible. We are truly "Defying Gravity" every time we run just a little bit further, or faster, or longer than before.
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!
It's time to try
I think I'll try
And you can't pull me down!