|Here is the photo I captured of Main Street the morning of the|
Princess Half Marathon, February 2013
But over the course of the last five days, things have changed. Somewhere deep inside has grown a desire to be better, and not just when it comes to running. To be positive. To do more. In the last five days, my two year old nephew, who fought and beat cancer and was declared in remission in November, has had a stroke, brain surgery and was told his cancer has returned. Our family has known this was always a possibility, but never could I imagine it would happen so soon. But the positive is, this is curable and his recent scan showed no cancer in his bone marrow. Children with his form of cancer have had relapses and have beaten it a second time. I know if there is a kid who will do it, it is Dustin.
Just two days ago, another event, the bombings of the Boston marathon, hit home. I have friends who have run in this event, though not this year. I have spent a few Patriots Days in Boston enjoying the rich history and camaraderie the marathon brings out in this city many times. Seeing the heroes who showed themselves in the face of fear, inspired me. Hearing about runners who ran 26 miles, then went and gave blood, inspired me.
As I went for my run today, I couldn't stop thinking:
- Be inspired by the positive - no one ever crossed great hurdles in their lives by focusing on the negative
- Be inspired by those who show compassion and kindness above their fear and anger to calm and help others
- Be inspired by those who have accomplished something you think you can't because most likely they once thought that too
- Be inspired by those who fought a battle they were told they wouldn't win, yet they did
There are so many thing that inspire me, but being positive and focusing on the good is what gets me through day to day, even though that is not always easy. I would love to know what inspires you to get through the difficult days you face?