Why I run

January 11, 2016
By Rang De Team

I run because…

when the fresh morning air hits my face
it doesn’t matter if I’m young no more
it doesn’t matter that my career is going nowhere
it doesn’t matter that I don’t fit into a stereotype


I run because what matters is…
that single moment
that next step
and then the next
and the next

I run because every step…
fills me with life
makes me forget who I am
makes me forget what I can’t do
makes me feel like a winner

I run…
because I love to
because I need to stay sane
because I need to stay fit
because I can afford the luxury of exercise

I run because…
I don’t toil all day transplanting seedlings on my half-acre of land
I don’t work my fingers to the bone weaving from dawn to dusk
I don’t cry myself hoarse hawking fruits under the blazing sun
I don’t juggle three jobs to give my child one meal a day

I run because…
I don’t walk a mile to use an open toilet
I don’t bear a pot of water on my head and another on my hip
I don’t worry where my next meal will come from
I don’t sweat blood to survive

I run because…
I get water and electricity on demand
I only take but a step to use my toilet in privacy and peace
I can afford to carb-load
I can afford to up my protein intake

But I also run because I care…

I run in the hope that my miles …
will make a difference
will usher in a bountiful harvest for an impecunious farmer
will help an illiterate fruit-seller educate her little one
will allow a milkmaid gift her daughter the dignity of a closed toilet

You can make my miles count, by investing in a Rang De loan
You can make a difference
You can bring about a change
Please do…

– M

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