Do you run? Don’t run too far ahead.

She asked him, “Why do you run so much? Don’t you care about others?”

“I do”, he replied, “I just like running. To be more. To become better. To be the best.”

“So you want to be the best?”

“Yes. That pretty much sums it up.”

“Where do you want to reach?”

“To the top. Become the best in a field.”

“So you leave everyone behind. You just focus on your task and don’t hang out with others?”

“Yes. SO? You need to be dedicated to become the best. This is important.”

“okay”, she replied with an annoyed expression.

After a minute of silence, he finally spoke, “What?”

“Nothing.”

“Just spit it out now.”

“Okay. You say you want to be the best, and that’s why you don’t want to hang out with others. Can’t you meet friends at least once a day or just alternate days, for an hour? That isn’t much.”

“But you know, I need to be focused. With friends you need to control yourself to not get involved any further in plans.”

“So don’t get ‘involved’ any further in plans. Just chill out for an hour in a day. It will do you good. And will help you stop taking those pills.”

“Pills?”

“Yeah. Your mom told me that you take stress pills. Seriously, is being the best worth it if you have to do it like this.”

He was silent. He had no answer to that question, all he had wanted was to be the best. He didn’t have a reason, or he never tried finding one.

“You seem so broken. Do you even know why you are trying this hard?”, she said as if reading his mind.

He was dumbfounded. After a second of realizing that she had asked something, he spoke, “I just want to be the best.”

“But why?”, she repeated, her eyes wide this time.

“I don’t want to be left out. I want to become better so that people respect me. And yeah, I need to buy cars, so I do what I can do best to earn money from it.”

“So that means you are basically after money? And a sense of devotion from people?”

“Not really. I want to be remembered as being the best in that field.”

“Okay. That’s more like it. But still, its related to people. You seem to have a tough childhood.”

“What? What do you mean?”

“Nothing. So back to my first statement, I was saying that if you kep working this hard, you might be able to reach your goal.”

“Yes.”

“So, when you reach there, and you haven’t connected with everyone, then do you know how you will feel. It will be lonely. You will turn back that you have left everyone behind. Your enemies, your competitors, your family and your friends. Everyone.”

“So what do you want me to do?”

“I don’t want you to be lonely and broken in the future. Many celebs get lonely and turn to drugs. I don’t want you to be like that.”

“So is there some magic strategy that can help me achieve non-loneliness and yet be the best?”

“Yes. I just told you. Just spend a little time with others, friends, family, etc. Then you will have people, wherever you walk or wherever you run.”

“That sounds tough.”

“I bet.”

“I will give it a try.”

“You should give it a try.”

He smiled and said, “Well have to go now. It’s time to for some programming.”

“There you have it again. HaHa. But you spent a bit of time with me so I won’t complain. But make sure to do this everyday. Not necessarily with me, but with any friend or family. Or even strangers, get to know them.”

“Hmph. Fine fine, enough of your lecture. I will keep this in mind. See you later.”

“See you then.”

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