No Escaping Myself

I struggle to say no.

Especially when everything that is offered seems so appealing to my growth. The sole reason is that I believe I can accomplish everything that I put my mind to. Experience has taught me that if I put all my energy and effort to learn and become better little by little, I will be very successful.

When I enrolled in Graduate School, I believed that I could do anything. I believed that if I really wanted to achieve great things in life, I had to forget about fear and face the reality of: “yes, you can”.

I reached overwhelming moments during that period of time. My objective was to stay busy because I didn’t want to think about my last relationship. I devoted a large portion of my time reading and studying because my focus was centered on understanding the language of science. College became my first home because not only did I spent countless hours in the library, but I was dedicated to campus life by participating with student organizations, volunteering, attending events, planning meetings, writing agendas, and packing my schedule with activities that absorbed my mind.

By the time of finals, I would always feel sad because I was accustomed to being busy. I didn’t want to face myself. Under those circumstances, I would only ruminate about the past and get depressed. How did I manage to balance my life? Did I figure it out by myself? Eight years ago, I promised to write a new purpose in life by finding a new habit.

My new habit was inspired in late September by thousands of athletes taking the streets to run the Akron Marathon. The habit of running was new to me, but it instilled in me the perfect medicine for dedication and discipline.

Marathons are intimidating, but with proper preparation, my body would do most of the work and my mind would keep me motivated mile after mile. Much to my dismay, I signed up for 26.2 miles of self-assessment. I was very afraid to linger on the subject of her.

I fuel my passion for running by letting my body take on the road while I concentrate my thoughts to find peace with nature and the universe. Running is my therapy in moments of sadness, depression, stress, unbalance, doubt, insecurity, anxiety, strength, or simply to find my connection with the world.

Take on the challenges and balance your passions in life because happiness is the reward of a positive attitude.

Alvaro Rodriguez

I am from Colombia and I am very proud to be from that beautiful country. One of my great passions is life because I have walked this path by sharing it with amazing people. People that have taught me to see the world in a very different way. Extraordinary individuals have showed me what I have never could discover by myself. I am an eager reader of science, poetry, politics, and music (yes, the meaning and composition of song lyrics). I have a great appreciation for art, languages, and the expression of everyone's perspective seen from the lens of a camera. I love Astronomy and one day I will be in space. I am a Research Scientist in Corrosion Engineering and writing is a great way for me to tell the world how I feel.

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