I saw a man casually jogging in the cold and I immediately felt connected to this stranger who I have never met. After thinking of reasons why I felt connected, I came to realize that running is more than just a sport, it is a choice. You choose to go out and run and get sweaty and breathe heavy and feel tired and then gratified all at once because you did not choose to sit home instead. When I see a runner I quietly praise them because I think saying “Great Job!” to a stranger running in the street may cause them to think that I have a screw loose or something.
Jogging makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger than myslef. I get to feel like I made a good choice to stay fit and healthy and maybe… just maybe… I get to motivate someone else to do the same. Although I do not run in formation anymore, I still feel attached in a way, to others who run. Laurie’s posts remind me of this connection while I blog. Thank you Laurie for your inspirational post about MCM because that is where I teared up when I read about Retired Staff Seargent Jose Sanchez. In blogging, I can say “Great Job Laurie for all your runs!” and I don’t have to feel weird about it because she did do a great job and she deserves the recognition! 🙂
As for Seargent Sanchez… I just love reading about and/or seeing people who could easily dismiss pushing themselves further BUT they rather choose to overlook their issues while choosing to inspire others around them. He chose to get out there and run, ignoring the naucencess, akwardness, feelings, and perhaps pain just so that he could feel good about doing what he loves and so that he could inspire others to do the same. The fact that he still runs makes me want to keep going. I will think of him on the days when my MS tries to dampen my motivation and I will put one foot in front of the other and GO!
I feel connected to other runners because it is more than just a sport… It is a choice, a choice to survive positively while inspiring others to do the same.
What choices do you make cause you to sit back and say “that was a really good one”? What things do you do to help inspire others?
I hope that you all have a great week and thank-you for stopping by today. Please stay motivated in whatever you choose to do today and make choices that ultimetely lead you to your happiness.
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