Archive for June, 2010

What Is Your Passion?

Posted in Endurance, Life on June 28, 2010 by gregbashore

So this year has been about a lot of things, but most importantly I think it has been about that aged old question of “Who am I think that is a question we all have asked ourselves at least once in our life.  I know for me it is something I have been wondering for years.  Who am I? What do I love? What makes me come alive?

I’ve been going crazy for the past couple weeks because I couldn’t pin point that one thing, the one thing that is Greg.  One second it’s my crazy idea to want to run the Western States 100 with my boy Mike.  Ever since I read “Born to Run” this January it’s all I thought about.  Then June 11th hits, and my love affair for the World Cup takes over and the crazed football (soccer) fan that I am comes out and the next thing I know I’m watching 140+ hours of soccer, wearing an American Flag bandana and singing soccer songs.  But just like it does every four years the World Cup will draw to a close and I’ll go back to my daily Fox Soccer Channel and watching the world’s greatest game whenever my time allows.

But before all that can happen the Tour De France will start and I will be so wrapped up in Lance Armstrong that I wont be able to give myself the time need to grieve that the World Cup has ended.  I’ll still have that American flag bandana out watching hours upon hours of television coverage just to catch just the shorts glimpse of Armstrong as he flys by the tv screen. And this will all lead to once again my love for the sport of endurance taking over and every waking hour of my time I will think of how I can bust out grab my bike and see how far my legs can take me in a single days time.

But we once again will run into yet another problem,The Crossfit Games that will take place once again in mid July and shows me that we have come full circle and I’m longing to hit my garage for whatever brutality that I can think up to destroy myself with. So what does a man who has so many different loves and interests, what can he say defines himself?  What is my passion? ALL OF IT!  My passion is that I’m passionate about everything I love.  It doesn’t matter what it is, I don’t know how to go into it halfway.  It’s all of nothing.  Family, friends, sports, running/working out and hopefully my relationship with GOD, I try to give it my all. 

Maybe that’s not what having a passion is at all, but it’s good enough for me. I love a lot of things and I use to think that one of those things had to define me as a person, but really it’s not what I love that tells the world who I am, it’s how I love it.

*SIDE NOTE*
I’m well aware that there was no mention of THE Ohio State Buckeyes in this post.  It was long enought and if I even began to describe how I feel about the Buckeyes, well it would have been a very long post.  Those of you who know me know my true and one love.  O! H! I! O!

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It’s been a good and bad week.

Posted in God's Word, Life on June 17, 2010 by gregbashore

How can the same week be both great and bad. For those of you who read this I am a huge football/futbol/soccer fan. I think it’s one of the greatest games. Last Friday (6/11/10) was the kick off of the FIFA World Cup, a 32 team tournement held every four years to decide which country as the best squad on the Planet. It’s a great time to see all these countries of the world come together in peace for fun, celebration and a little football. I’ve been blessed enough to be able to to stay up to date on everything thats been going on throught the tournement. And its been fantastic. The summer of the World Cup has always been my favortie summer, but this week has just been down right horrible and I didn’t know why until today.

What do you do when the very thing you want to get better at and work on in your life, is the one thing you have no desire to do? That has been me this week with my journey or life with God. Last week was amazing. Everything felt right. I started every morning off with prayer, and because i wanted to talk to my friend and God, not because I had to. And I was spending the day in his word because I wanted to hear from him just as bad. But this week that desire I had is gone. I found myself playing catch up on my reading today and not because I wanted to but for the fact I was far behind. That is not the way I want to read the Bible. I don’t want to read it because I have to get my reading in. I want it to be because I want to spend time with my Lord, my friend, my guide. I want to talk to him, not pray, I want to listen to him, not read. I want this to be a relationship, not a religion. All this to say im frustrated today, this week. But tomorrows a new day, and God and I will try this again. Luckly he doesn’t get as frustrated with me as I get with myself.

What Does That Stupid Blog Title Mean?

Posted in Life on June 10, 2010 by gregbashore

When I started this blog I wanted to find a name for it that really showed what my life is about right here, right now.  This past year has been about growth. It has been about finding, inventing, and discovering who I was as a man.  It has been about Becoming A Cowboy. 

I don’t know what it is exactly about the Cowboy that so intrigues me, maybe it’s the little boy in me that always refused to grow up.  Maybe it’s the man in me that always wants to prove there’s more to me then what I am now.  Whatever it may be it is now the theme of my life’s journey.  Journey, maybe that has something to do with it as well.  I’ve always liked picturing my life and my “walk” with God as more of a journey then and actual walk.  More like a cattle drive across the western plains then a walk in the park. A journey full of rolling hills, challenges, adventures and most importantly relationship. That’s because I view friendship as a total dependence and reliance on each other, instead of people that are “Fun” to hangout with.  And that is the same relationship I want to have with God.  I’ve learned of God as a Creator.  I know him as master of all, now I want to meet him as friend, counselor, as my personal guide. I want to have a dependent relationship with him like I have with my friends, like the western cowboys had with each other on those cattle drives. I want realness. 

So I guess that is what it means to me to become a cowboy. It means to become real. It’s about making sure my relationship with GOD is as unique and personal it is with all you who read this blog. I want it to be like those old cattle drives. Unbearable heat, threatening thunderstorms, and a beer by the fire at night with real friends, real conversation and maybe a few restful nights sleep.

Some Pictures From The 2010 Columbus 10K

Posted in Endurance, Life on June 6, 2010 by gregbashore

I will write a post about the weekend later, but here are some pictures of the weekend race and post race recovery.