One of the most beautiful things about life is that we get to choose what is important to us. Some of my friends have heard me talk about the difference between family (those who are not chosen) and friends (those who are chosen). I am fortunate to have the most amazing family that I would choose any day. I mean, how can you not appreciate a mother who serves her community selflessly every day, or a dad who would take in a stranger from the street to make sure they have a safe place to sleep? Not to mention my siblings who also give selflessly and are unwaveringly there for me when they are needed. I'm lucky that they were given to me, but as I said before, I would choose them any day.
On the other hand, I have these friends who choose me and I choose as well. Sometimes I wonder why they choose me since I like to share my opinions, I am stubborn, I am ornery, I am self absorbed at times, I am dramatic and on and on!!! But they do... Even better is that I have some friends who choose to spend hours running and cycling with me.
I hadn't had a good run since the Half Iron until Thursday. My friend and I met at our usual ungodly hour of 5:30 am. We both hopped out of our cars, barely said two words to each other and off we went. Then it happened, she asked me one question about something that I am fairly passionate about AND I'm pretty sure probably only needed a yes or no answer; well, what she got instead was a three mile answer.
As we ran, I forgot to look at my watch and what happened those first two miles were basically magic. We ran fast, for us at least... We talked the entire way! It was after that run that I became reinvigorated for this athletic adventure I chose to pursue several years ago. I again believe that I can do it. What is it you may ask? It is the half marathon in November, a ride later this fall, another half iron distance triathlon next year. All of this after I honestly thought my love for working out was gone for good!
I am so lucky that I have these amazing people in my life who are willing to stick by me through my many adventures.
As one of my favorite musicians says: "The best things in life aren't things; They're chosen to believe in."
Thanks for choosing me to believe in!