As we run, we become.
This photo was taken by my son yesterday, through the car window, as he watched his brother run home in the rain.
I know how inspired I am when I see others pushing beyond what is comfortable. I know how sometimes a simple quote can lift a moment. I know that witnessing someone fighting against or for something they believe in reminds me to continue doing the same. I know that watching someone overcome challenges by getting up, showing up, and taking action, even when it feels impossible or unattainable, is the fuel that drives me to do the same, each and every day.
There are a million quotes I could drop here and so much I could share about the mental and physical mindset it takes to be the warrior we each need to be in this life.
For now, I will just say that my boys motivate, inspire, and astound me with their hard work, discipline, boldness, perseverance, and determination.
I went to pick them up from school yesterday and my son asked me how many miles it was to our home. When he heard it was only 6.1, he said he wanted to run 10. So, he quickly planned an out-of-the-way route in order to get the extra miles in, went back into school, and put his shorts on. It was 40 degrees with dark clouds hovering above. I watched as he headed toward the exit, set his watch, and took off.
My other son and I didn’t only catch sight of him here, in this photo, but we also saw him running straight up a several-mile, steep hill, in the pouring rain, soaking wet, with what looked like a smile on his face.
I didn’t get to film it but I saw it. I saw my son showing up for this day, as he always does, with all of his strength and heart, and I felt so many emotions. This is what it is all about for me.
These moments, when we push beyond what we feel we are capable of, when we run uphill in the pouring, freezing rain and can’t move our hands because it is so cold, BY CHOICE.
These moments will carry us through and give us the strength and courage to go after whatever our hopes and dreams can visualize.
These are the moments when we find out who we are.
Thank you for showing me who I am every day, my precious boys.
I love you with my whole heart and beyond.