Whenever someone asked me, why did you tone down your political activities ? I answered: I am now happy and running.
I really felt running as a therapy one day, but I never saw the direct relation between running and freedom.
One friend noticed the direct relation in my case, between feeling trapped with limited abilities to change things to better in my country and running.
Yes I am running for my freedom, I am running to feel free, it’s the only way I feel free now. It’s the time where I have my own time and my own conversation with myself. Wake up early, listen to whatever you choose in your headphones or just listen to yourself and just run, no special equipment needed, just run. No team needed, no coordination with someone, just run. Choose your preferred time and place and just run.
I run from my destiny and to my destiny, I run and I know my starting point and my end point that I choose, but I also feel that I run in a grand map already drawn by god.
It’s Not Just About Running: Reflections on Life and Change in Egypt by A. I. Shoukry. A memoir about running and self-discovery.