Sunday, May 4, 2014

In honor of the Pittsburgh Marathon

This was written back in April of 2007.  Life was different then.  Not better or worse, just different.  We were kid-less, working 9-5 jobs, happy hours on a whim.  Tears welled in my eyes as I read the words of my former self.  This part of my life I call RUNNING.  I feel so far from the person that wrote these words 7 years ago.  Wow...SEVEN years!  I am sharing this old piece in honor of those running the Pittsburgh Marathon today.  Enjoy!

Pirates 5K Home Run Challenge 2011

A little over a month ago I watched the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness!" I think it changed my life...it definitely changed my perspective. In the movie, the main character Chris Gardner talks about Jefferson and his great work the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration, Jefferson writes of our inalienable rights...life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness. I was one of those people waiting for happiness to be given to me (like on a silver platter sort of given). I kept waiting to be happy, waiting to be thin, waiting to be worry free, waiting...

It was then I realized HAPPINESS was something I had to pursue. It was in me. I was going to have to work for it. Make it happen. Baby steps...

I started with a new job. On March 26th, I started the first Monday thru Friday job I've had since 2000. It is the first job I've had in years that requires ONLY 40 hours a week. I am content being private, productive and collecting a bi-weekly paycheck. It is not my dream job, but it is what my husband calls "one of my life lesson jobs." This life lesson job includes learning everything I can about the current state of health care and insurance in America.

It is in this job that I met a friend. A real friend. One that knows what friendship truly is. It's been a rough year for friends. This is not a put down to the friends I have, but it is nice to know that once again swimming in the shark pool of corporate America I have a friend who has my back (this is to be continued in a different post). What I can say, is that this is a friend who wants friends that treat her as she treats them. This is a friend who understands that good friends do keep score. This is a friend who isn't afraid to call it like she sees it. I did not go into this job with expectations of finding friendship, but have found myself pleasantly surprised.

And this friend has led me to the part of my life I call RUNNING! On April 3, I began running with this friend an hour a day after work. We run 5 days a week. We run when it rains. We run when it snows. We run when it's cold. We put on our running shoes and leave the troubles of the day behind and RUN! This has made the rest of my life better. I leave the troubles of work at work. There are no troubles at home. I feel proud, motivated, and accomplished everyday!

Today I hit the one month mark! 963 minutes of running. For once, I am not passively running away from a problem, but running towards a goal with HAPPYNESS in my heart!

Originally written: April 27, 2007

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