Return to Quiet Revolutionaries

You Must Keep Your Pace Even

Quiet Revolutionary Rupa Pereira’s Story

While working overseas in Singapore over the last 2 years, I had quite a full plate. As a hands-on mom of high-energy girls—and between balancing a post-MBA career, expressing my altruistic self as a volunteer at church and school, and fundraising for social justice—I could barely catch a breath.

My social interactions took a hit. I would get snappy, irritable. I was in the driver’s seat and driving everyone up the wall. Not pretty, to say the least! The outcome? You guessed it: burnout. The introvert in me screamed, “You need to get away from everything.” But I couldn’t just pack my bags and say goodbye—it’s just not socially acceptable for a driven, working professional. Instead, I chose a safer approach: getting away every day, running for 30-45 mins, my running shoes on and earphones plugged, lost to the world and immersed in my iTunes playlist and TED podcasts.

Initially, my runs started as a physical workout with an outward focus on improving my fitness and stamina and releasing those endorphins. But slowly, as I started to relish the solitude, focus switched inward, and I learned to be aware. What did I become aware of?

My breathing: Regulating my breath and watching my strides helped me go the distance in my running goals.

My surroundings: This meant literally stopping to smell the roses, soaking in awe-inspiring sunrise/sunset views, and feeling a sense of kinship with my fellow pedestrians, bikers, runners, or just about any human being.

The music: Every track spoke to me, be it Pink’s “You’re Perfect,” One Republic’s “I Lived,” or Demi Lovato’s “Confident.”

Listening to myself: I was finally paying heed to my introverted self and the voice of reason.

Once I became more aware, I discovered the following about myself:

  1. I’m no energizer bunny.

  2. I’ve accomplished a LOT, but I’m not savoring my victories.

  3. My inner critic is on overdrive.

  4. Life is short, and time is the only currency that matters.

  5. I have to change course, and I have to do it NOW.

I recall the time when I got my “wake-up” call while running through Singapore’s picturesque Marina Barrage, stopping in my tracks to make sure I wasn’t hearing voices.

Here is what ensued post my wake-up call: pausing my career, resettling family back to the US, resting the mommy-guilt, and adopting a minimalistic lifestyle.

Running at an even pace, on my terms, while not competing for the top prize, gave me a chance to discover my true calling and embrace my human, vulnerable side. Running with a purpose gave rise to a movement RunForHOME, supporting the efforts of HOME—an NGO that attends to the needs of migrant workers in Singapore. This year alone, RunForHOME raised $15K as more runners joined the tribe.

Much like an energizer bunny’s, my battery would run out some day, so I’d much rather conserve energy for causes that really matter than regret that I never could.

Do you have a story to share with Quiet Revolution? Click here to view further information and submit your story—we’d love to hear from you.

Share your thoughts.

Let’s keep our discussions reflective, productive, and welcoming. Please follow our Community Guidelines and understand that we moderate comments and reserve the right to delete comments that don’t adhere to our guidelines. You must sign in or sign up to comment.

264 responses to “You Must Keep Your Pace Even”

  1. URL says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] There you will find 91004 more Infos: quietrev.com/portraits/rupa-pereira/ […]

  2. buy generic cialis

    buy generic cialis

  3. cialis 20 mg best price

    cialis 20 mg best price

  4. viagra generic availability

    viagra generic availability

  5. viagra price says:

    viagra price

    viagra price

  6. viagra pill says:

    viagra pill

    viagra pill

  7. generic cialis online

    generic cialis online

  8. viagra online pharmacy

    viagra online pharmacy

  9. viagra on line

    viagra on line

  10. viagra in action

    viagra in action

  11. cialis vs levitra

    cialis vs levitra

  12. viagra cost says:

    viagra cost

    viagra cost

  13. viagra alternative

    viagra alternative

  14. real viagra says:

    real viagra

    real viagra

  15. online viagra

    online viagra

  16. online pharmacy viagra

    online pharmacy viagra

  17. marley generic viagra

    marley generic viagra

  18. herbal viagra

    herbal viagra

  19. generic viagra prices

    generic viagra prices

  20. generic viagra available

    generic viagra available

  21. generic viagra 100mg

    generic viagra 100mg

  22. female viagra pills

    female viagra pills

  23. cost of viagra

    cost of viagra

  24. canadian viagra

    canadian viagra

  25. sildenafil side effects

    sildenafil side effects

  26. sildenafil generic

    sildenafil generic

  27. sildenafil dosage

    sildenafil dosage

  28. sildenafil citrate 20 mg

    sildenafil citrate 20 mg

  29. sildenafil citrate 100mg

    sildenafil citrate 100mg

  30. sildenafil citrate

    sildenafil citrate

  31. where to buy cialis online safely

    where to buy cialis online safely

  32. where can i buy cialis over the counter at walmart

    where can i buy cialis over the counter at walmart

  33. sildenafil 20 mg tablet

    sildenafil 20 mg tablet

  34. buy cialis online without script

    buy cialis online without script

  35. sildenafil 20 mg

    sildenafil 20 mg

  36. sildenafil 100mg tablets

    sildenafil 100mg tablets

  37. buy cialis canada online

    buy cialis canada online

  38. sildenafil says:

    sildenafil

    sildenafil

  39. generic viagra sildenafil citrate

    generic viagra sildenafil citrate

  40. best place to buy cialis online without script

    best place to buy cialis online without script

  41. generic cialis pricing

    generic cialis pricing

  42. cialis prices walmart

    cialis prices walmart

  43. generic cialis tadalafil 20mg

    generic cialis tadalafil 20mg

  44. cialis prices 5mg

    cialis prices 5mg

  45. cialis prices 20mg

    cialis prices 20mg

  46. viagra without a doctor prescription from canada

    viagra without a doctor prescription from canada

  47. cialis prices 100mg

    cialis prices 100mg

  48. viagra side effects

    viagra side effects

  49. cialis prices 10mg

    cialis prices 10mg

  50. viagra sex says:

    viagra sex

    viagra sex

  51. cialis generic tadalafil india

    cialis generic tadalafil india

  52. cialis generic tadalafil for sale

    cialis generic tadalafil for sale

  53. viagra prices

    viagra prices

  54. cialis generic tadalafil walmart

    cialis generic tadalafil walmart

  55. cialis generic tadalafil 60mg

    cialis generic tadalafil 60mg

  56. cialis generic tadalafil 10mg

    cialis generic tadalafil 10mg

  57. viagra online canada pharmacy

    viagra online canada pharmacy

  58. cialis generic tadalafil

    cialis generic tadalafil

  59. cialis generic name

    cialis generic name

  60. viagra for women

    viagra for women

  61. viagra for sale

    viagra for sale

  62. viagra for men

    viagra for men

  63. viagra dosage recommendations

    viagra dosage recommendations

  64. sophia viagra

    sophia viagra

  65. sildenafil 20 mg tablet vs viagra

    sildenafil 20 mg tablet vs viagra

  66. pfizer generic viagra

    pfizer generic viagra

  67. over the counter viagra

    over the counter viagra

  68. cialis over the counter at walmart

    cialis over the counter at walmart

  69. natural viagra

    natural viagra

  70. generic viagra online pharmacy

    generic viagra online pharmacy

  71. female viagra

    female viagra

  72. dutch women viagra

    dutch women viagra

  73. cheap viagra says:

    cheap viagra

    cheap viagra

  74. Google says:

    Google

    Very handful of sites that occur to be in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well really worth checking out.

  75. discount cialis

    discount cialis

  76. cialis on line

    cialis on line

  77. cialis black says:

    cialis black

    cialis black

  78. tadalista vs cialis

    tadalista vs cialis

  79. cost of cialis

    cost of cialis

  80. cialis medication

    cialis medication

  81. cialis and alcohol

    cialis and alcohol

  82. otc cialis says:

    otc cialis

    otc cialis

  83. cialis without prescription

    cialis without prescription

  84. cialis generic canada

    cialis generic canada

  85. online cialis

    online cialis

  86. cialis wikipedia

    cialis wikipedia

  87. non prescription cialis

    non prescription cialis

  88. cialis walmart

    cialis walmart

  89. cialis from canada

    cialis from canada

  90. cialis 5mg coupon

    cialis 5mg coupon

  91. no prescription cialis

    no prescription cialis

  92. cialis 5mg says:

    cialis 5mg

    cialis 5mg

  93. natural cialis

    natural cialis

  94. cialis soft says:

    cialis soft

    cialis soft

  95. cialis for women

    cialis for women

  96. marley generics cialis

    marley generics cialis

  97. cialis for sale

    cialis for sale

  98. liquid cialis

    liquid cialis

  99. cialis saving card

    cialis saving card

  100. cialis drug interactions

    cialis drug interactions

  101. cheap generic cialis

    cheap generic cialis

  102. cialis samples

    cialis samples

  103. cialis dosage information

    cialis dosage information

  104. cheap cialis generic

    cheap cialis generic

  105. generic for cialis

    generic for cialis

  106. cialis reviews

    cialis reviews

  107. cialis professional

    cialis professional

  108. cialis daily says:

    cialis daily

    cialis daily

  109. canadian pharmacy cialis

    canadian pharmacy cialis

  110. generic cialis reviews

    generic cialis reviews

  111. cialis price says:

    cialis price

    cialis price

  112. cialis coupons printable

    cialis coupons printable

  113. canadian cialis

    canadian cialis

  114. generic cialis canada

    generic cialis canada

  115. buying cialis online

    buying cialis online

  116. cialis patent expiration

    cialis patent expiration

  117. free cialis samples

    free cialis samples

  118. cialis copay card

    cialis copay card

  119. free cialis coupon

    free cialis coupon

  120. 5mg cialis says:

    5mg cialis

    5mg cialis

  121. free cialis says:

    free cialis

    free cialis

  122. tadalafila says:

    tadalafila

    tadalafila

  123. tadalafil without a doctor prescription

    tadalafil without a doctor prescription

  124. tadalafil 20mg

    tadalafil 20mg

  125. generic cialis tadalafil uk

    generic cialis tadalafil uk

  126. generic cialis available

    generic cialis available

  127. what is levitra

    what is levitra

  128. generic cialis 20mg

    generic cialis 20mg

  129. vardenafil hcl 20mg

    vardenafil hcl 20mg

  130. vardenafil generic

    vardenafil generic

  131. cialis without a doctor prescription

    cialis without a doctor prescription

  132. cialis tablets australia

    cialis tablets australia

  133. cialis tablets

    cialis tablets

  134. levitra vs cialis

    levitra vs cialis

  135. viagra without doctor prescription

    viagra without doctor prescription

  136. levitra side effects

    levitra side effects

  137. viagra without a doctor prescription

    viagra without a doctor prescription

  138. cialis generika

    cialis generika

  139. levitra recviews

    levitra recviews

  140. viagra tablets

    viagra tablets

  141. cialis generico

    cialis generico

  142. viagra tablet

    viagra tablet

  143. cialis pharmacy

    cialis pharmacy

  144. levitra prices

    levitra prices

  145. cialis generic pharmacy

    cialis generic pharmacy

  146. what is augmentin

    what is augmentin

  147. cialis generic availability

    cialis generic availability

  148. viagra pills says:

    viagra pills

    viagra pills

  149. levitra online

    levitra online

  150. side effects augmentin

    side effects augmentin

  151. viagra online

    viagra online

  152. augmentin vs amoxicillin

    augmentin vs amoxicillin

  153. what is levaquin

    what is levaquin

  154. viagra generic

    viagra generic

  155. augmentin uses

    augmentin uses

  156. levaquin uses

    levaquin uses

  157. viagra doctor prescription

    viagra doctor prescription

  158. augmentin side effects

    augmentin side effects

  159. levaquin side effects

    levaquin side effects

  160. viagra coupons

    viagra coupons

  161. cialis 5 mg says:

    cialis 5 mg

    cialis 5 mg

  162. levitra cost says:

    levitra cost

    levitra cost

  163. augmentin for uti

    augmentin for uti

  164. viagra 100mg says:

    viagra 100mg

    viagra 100mg

  165. levitra 20mg says:

    levitra 20mg

    levitra 20mg

  166. viagra says:

    viagra

    viagra

  167. levaquin renal dose

    levaquin renal dose

  168. cialis 20mg tablet prices

    cialis 20mg tablet prices

  169. cialis 20mg tablets prices

    cialis 20mg tablets prices

  170. augmentin for dogs

    augmentin for dogs

  171. levaquin lawsuit

    levaquin lawsuit

  172. cialis 20mg generic

    cialis 20mg generic

  173. augmentin dose

    augmentin dose

  174. levaquin for uti

    levaquin for uti

  175. sildenafil tablets

    sildenafil tablets

  176. cialis 20mg says:

    cialis 20mg

    cialis 20mg

  177. augmentin dosage

    augmentin dosage

  178. levaquin dosage

    levaquin dosage

  179. cialis 20 mg says:

    cialis 20 mg

    cialis 20 mg

  180. sildenafil coupons

    sildenafil coupons

  181. augmentin antibiotic

    augmentin antibiotic

  182. generic levitra

    generic levitra

  183. levaquin antibiotic

    levaquin antibiotic

  184. augmentin and alcohol

    augmentin and alcohol

  185. buy levitra online

    buy levitra online

  186. sildenafil 100mg

    sildenafil 100mg

  187. cheap levitra

    cheap levitra

  188. levaquin 750 mg

    levaquin 750 mg

  189. augmentin 875 mg

    augmentin 875 mg

  190. buy levitra says:

    buy levitra

    buy levitra

  191. levaquin 500 mg

    levaquin 500 mg

  192. augmentin 875

    augmentin 875

  193. generic viagra

    generic viagra

  194. levaquin says:

    levaquin

    levaquin

  195. augmentin says:

    augmentin

    augmentin

  196. buy viagra online

    buy viagra online

  197. buy cialis generic tadalafil

    buy cialis generic tadalafil

  198. buy viagra says:

    buy viagra

    buy viagra

  199. tadalafil generic

    tadalafil generic

  200. duloxetine 60 mg

    duloxetine 60 mg

  201. tadalafil 20 mg

    tadalafil 20 mg

  202. duloxetine side effectss

    duloxetine side effectss

  203. tadalafil 5mg

    tadalafil 5mg

  204. duloxetine hcl

    duloxetine hcl

  205. tadalafil says:

    tadalafil

    tadalafil

  206. vardenafil 20mg

    vardenafil 20mg

  207. duloxetine 20 mg

    duloxetine 20 mg

  208. viagra vs cialis

    viagra vs cialis

  209. vardenafil 20 mg

    vardenafil 20 mg

  210. duloxetine says:

    duloxetine

    duloxetine

  211. generic cialis tadalafil

    generic cialis tadalafil

  212. vardenafil says:

    vardenafil

    vardenafil

  213. cymbalta withdrawal

    cymbalta withdrawal

  214. generic cialis

    generic cialis

  215. Google says:

    Google

    That would be the finish of this article. Here you will come across some sites that we think you will enjoy, just click the hyperlinks.

  216. levitra vs viagra

    levitra vs viagra

  217. cymbalta side effects

    cymbalta side effects

  218. cialis vs viagra

    cialis vs viagra

  219. cymbalta reviews

    cymbalta reviews

  220. cialis side effects

    cialis side effects

  221. levitra dosage

    levitra dosage

  222. cymbalta medication

    cymbalta medication

  223. cialis prices

    cialis prices

  224. levitra coupon

    levitra coupon

  225. cymbalta generic

    cymbalta generic

  226. cialis pills says:

    cialis pills

    cialis pills

  227. levitra 20 mg

    levitra 20 mg

  228. cymbalta for pain

    cymbalta for pain

  229. atorvastatin 10mg

    atorvastatin 10mg

  230. cialis online pharmacy

    cialis online pharmacy

  231. levitra says:

    levitra

    levitra

  232. cymbalta dosage

    cymbalta dosage

  233. atorvastatin 10 mg

    atorvastatin 10 mg

  234. cialis online

    cialis online

  235. levitra generic

    levitra generic

  236. cymbalta says:

    cymbalta

    cymbalta

  237. atorvastatin says:

    atorvastatin

    atorvastatin

  238. cialis generic

    cialis generic

  239. cialis free trial

    cialis free trial

  240. cialis dosage

    cialis dosage

  241. cialis cooupons

    cialis cooupons

  242. cialis coupons

    cialis coupons

  243. cialis coupon

    cialis coupon

  244. cialis cost says:

    cialis cost

    cialis cost

  245. cialis canada

    cialis canada

  246. cialis says:

    cialis

    cialis

  247. cheap cialis says:

    cheap cialis

    cheap cialis

  248. buy cialis online

    buy cialis online

  249. buy cialis says:

    buy cialis

    buy cialis

  250. Google says:

    Google

    Check below, are some absolutely unrelated internet sites to ours, nevertheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use.

  251. Google says:

    Google

    Usually posts some really fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site.

  252. Google says:

    Google

    The info talked about inside the article are a number of the very best accessible.

  253. Hello, always i used to check website posts here early in the morning,
    as i enjoy to find out more and more.

  254. Mass Extreme says:

    Sustain the helpful job and generating the crowd! http://integratorimuscoli.eu/armostrax.html

  255. watch the man the myth the sildenafil viagra prices http://viagrauga.com/ viagrauga.com what’s it
    like to take sildenafil

  256. Thanks for the purpose of delivering many of these
    substantial details. http://jak-prodlouzit-penis-cz.eu/

  257. Thanks for the purpose of delivering many of these substantial
    details. http://jak-prodlouzit-penis-cz.eu/

  258. This piece of writing will help the internet people for building
    up new webpage or even a weblog from start to end.

  259. bookmarked!!, I like yourr blog!

  260. A fascinating discussion is worth cߋmment. I dо belіeve that
    yοu neeɗ to publish ore ߋn tһis issue, iit might not be a taboo matter ƅut սsually peopl do
    not talk aboᥙt sᥙch issues. To the next! Аll tһe best!!

  261. Enrique says:

    Ahaa, іtѕ nice discussion c᧐ncerning this post here at thiѕ webpage, I have reɑd alll thаt, sⲟ att this time me аlso commenting аt this plaϲе.

  262. Greetings! I knopw tһiѕ is kind of off topic
    ƅut Ӏ was wondering іf you knew wher I cߋuld locate a captcha plugin fߋr my
    cоmment form? I’m using the ѕame blog platform as yοurs and I’m having
    touble finding οne? Thanks a lot!

  263. Sara says:

    Rupa- thank you for your affirming story. I have only just learned at the age of 62 that I am an introvert. The liberation and sense of permission to be myself-which I am slowly discovering- has been earthshaking for me. My family had one paradigm: extroversion. So I am now recovering my true self and breathing in relief. Stories like yours are my affirmations. So much to discover!!

Leave a Reply