|One step at a time...|
- My five children. I want to be vital and alive to celebrate and support them for many years to come.
- The two elderly men who look like they are at least in their 80's. I see them on my morning run most weeks. They are so vital and fit for men their age and I want what they have.
- The people that I see on my route day in and day out. Although we don't know each other's name, we smile and wave and encourage each other along.
- The elderly lady who can barely shuffle one block after her surgery. But she's out there almost every day doing the best that she can.
- The colleagues and the partner who I have started running and swimming with at lunch. They kick my butt (in a kind way) and make me realise that there is always room to improve.
- The fact that I have not had bronchitis since I started running (hope I am not tempting the Gods by writing this).
- Rob, who regularly reminds me how far I have come when I get a bit discouraged.
- The fact that I have legs and a waist again. They may be far from perfect after having 5 kids, but I like them anyway.
- My cousin Ann who has 2 children (and another on the way), yet still finds time for marathons. And my long time friend Gretch who has been running half-marathons for a few years.
- My friend Hils who has shared the entire journey with me. We keep each other going emotionally and physically.
- My friend Leo and his poem Sitting Under Three Oaks ( http://ladanconia.blogspot.com/2011/05/046-sitting-under-three-oaks.html ) about an old dry oak leaf living out the last of his days "with the spirit of a child, innocent and rebellious". There are benefits to going with the flow of life, but this poem reminds me that it's also okay to put up a fight and squeeze the most out of our lives.
- The sun, the rain and the local birds who make my heart soar when I am running.
- The contribution that running has made to managing my life long challenges with anxiety (that may be a topic for a separate post).
And the list goes on and on and on...