- exploiting immediate opportunities, especially regardless of planning or principle.
Source: Oxford dictionary
I believe that what I did yesterday fits this definition perfectly. I exploited, or took advantage of the fact that my children’s Great Uncle wanted to take them to the motorbike shop and I went for a run. No children were harmed in this opportunistic act, in fact, they had a fabulous time, so everyone had a win – got to love it when that happens!!
Anyhow, back to my run, it was an unexpected run – such a bonus! For anyone who is time poor (which is probably most of us at some stage), this is comparative to winning on a scratch-it ticket – not anticipated, but you are grateful anyway!
When I was running I was thinking about both time and change. They are the two things we have no control over and yet both make a huge difference in our lives. Its how we perceive them that makes all the difference. For example, five years ago, running definitely wouldn’t have been my chosen opportunistic activity when someone offered to take my child (there was only one then) off my hands and honestly I would have cringed at the thought at all!! But here we are, 5 years on, running is a chosen past time of mine – and on my opportunistic run it felt was so good it almost seemed a little naughty. I almost felt like someone was going to tap me on the shoulder and tell me my time was up – now that is a massive change of perspective!
There was certainly nothing pretty about my run, it was slow and I sweated, a lot! But it was my longest for the year this far and man, knowing I had just smashed out 9km, I can tell you, that felt pretty damn fine! I also discovered a road I didn’t know existed, which links perfectly to my last blog post about new adventures being good for you!
So time has changed me and I’m proud of that.
I’m a runner now because I believe I am, (but just to set the record straight here and now, I will never be a race winner – but I sure feel like one especially when I walked in the gate and our dog was so pleased to see me, I imagine that’s how elite athletes feel when their fans surround them!
My perception of yesterday’s opportunity was as a way to get closer to my goals and I was ever so grateful for the time.
It is rather ironic, because, as a nurse, normally when I think of opportunistic I think of infection! Since I’m writing about health, infection is obviously antagonistic to the cause! However, perhaps just like sneaky infections, we all need to be a little opportunistic sometimes, especially if it meets our needs and gets us closer to our goals!
Disclaimer: I tried to upload the photo I took just after I got back from said run, enter technical difficulties, hence the use of the happy emoji instead! My apologies!