It's true. Both can be a lot of hard work or a lot of fun. It just depends on your perspective.
Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part and it can feel a little intimidating.
How do I begin?
Where do I begin?
How do I prepare?
There are so many questions, one might even be "who do I ask?"
You have to set goals and start out easy or you might get overwhelmed.
I know from experience--at least when it comes to running. I used to be a "runner". I know, most people wouldn't believe that from looking at me now. But back before I had kids, I used to run at least two miles a day, 3 to 4 times a week. Then I had kids and my entire world changed. Their goals became my goals.
Well, now the kids are grown and it's time to get back to a few of my own goals: one is running and one is writing.
Currently I just started training for the Shamrock run here in Portland, which benefits Doernbecher Children's Hospital. And, I'm also trying to get a manuscript published. Both take a lot of focus, concentration and commitment--plus, a lot of hard work. But, as I reach each goal, I have a sense of satisfaction.
And, I may never win a marathon but at least I'll complete one. And, my manuscripts will be finished. There's joy in the journey--we just need to remember that.