Sunday, September 6, 2020

Perspective

Growing up, whenever I saw someone running, I knew who it was. There were that few of us. There was K, who loped around the neighborhood in shorts with, inexplicably, nylons. There was B, an older man with a distinctive shuffle. A few others. Then there was my family. 

We were an athletic family. We backpacked before it was fashionable, canoed, hiked, and of course ran. A day without some form of exercise was unthinkable. To this I owe my motivation today. 

I went to my hometown recently. There are lots of runners now. We wouldn't stand out anymore. But I think back to the many icy, wind battered, snowy miles we covered and we weren't doing it for Strava or the Gram. Nobody knew our pace or how far we went. I like it that way. 

My parents are private people so I won't say more than this. I feel deeply ashamed of complaining that I can't always do what I want this summer because I have to work, or it's smoky, or there's a pandemic. What I am seeing from them is courage in the face of adversity. I can only hope that someday I am half as brave.

Yoga class at dawn














Now, running is harder than it used to be. Stuff hurts. I am not fast. But I can still do it. I'm grateful for every step. 

5 comments:

  1. It is interesting to learn that your love of 'exercise' has a family background. I'm sure that is not the case for most. A wonderful sunset image. Beach or lake? I hope your parents stay safe and healthy.

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    1. That is Lake Superior. They are facing some challenges, but they aren't giving up.

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  2. They have taught you to be strong and resilient. Keep on, keeping on. They also shared one of the best gifts in the world with you...the love of the outdoors.

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    1. I can feel the clock ticking. It comes to all of us.

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