I am generally not a deep-thinker. My posts contain my thoughts; unfiltered and raw (sarcasm included). When Stacy sent me an email about a blog-writing relay on the subject of “Hope,” I was intrigued (yet still weary that my brain could put together a post about such a meaningful word).
Melanie Crutchfield started the “Hope 2012” relay because she was inspired by the Olympics. She wanted to pass the torch of “Hope” around the blogging community. Melanie will be compiling tidbits from each post (which should contain some serious inspiration). She said, “Hope, in its beautiful, strange, unexpected and stalwart forms will be noted. Documented. Acknowledged. Appreciated.
That is deep. I thought all day about what I was going to write. I finally realized that I wanted to relate it to my blog and to running, but the only thing I could think of was that because of an injury, I am not running. When I don’t run, I am not happy. I am over-dramatic about too many things and I have a bad attitude. It took an entire day of deep thinking and in 9 seconds, this train of thoughts unknowingly scripted the my thoughts on hope.
Here is my small, but honest, contribution to the 2012 Hope Relay…
I believe that we too often think of hope as something that comes to us during moments of distress. I believe I am a realist as opposed to a dreamer (John Lennon, my apologies). In the past I have struggled with balancing hope with reality; wanting to be happy when I was not, wanting to do more when there was no time, wanting to be run faster when I was felt like I was crawling, and most recently, wanting to run when I was hurt.
Never Despair. ~ Winston Churchill
I believe hope contains an element of trust. I trust myself and I trust others. I look to myself and to the people (and things) that I truly care about as a source of motivation. I have desires and goals that are realistic. Hope is the only first step in accomplishing those goals. The next step, the hard work, is what defines me (as a person, a runner, a friend, daughter, sister etc).
- I want to always be honest with myself and with everyone in my life. It is such an important quality in a person.
- I want to always maintain the relationship I have with my friends and family (my boyfriend is included in both of those categories). I cherish the love I have in my life.
- I want to foster shelter doggies. I have two dogs right now, I am working on my boyfriend to let us take some pups-in-need into our home (in a non-hoarding type of situation).
- I want to be a semi-decent cook, so I bought cookbooks and ask questions. I make shitty meals and I learn from the mistakes. The meals are turning out much better (and the smoke alarm is going off less and less).
- I want to qualify for Boston one day. There, I said it. I know it may take a long time, but I am (and will continue) putting in the work to enhance my running.
I see each day is an opportunity to combine my hopes with reality. My happiness lays in my own hands and I accept that challenge.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~ Christopher Reeve
Time to “pass the baton” (if it were real life, I would be disqualified for dropping it). Lora’s posts about training for the NYC Marathon (LVRunsNYC.wordpress.com) are well-written, thought-provoking and all around a great read. So Lora, take it and run 🙂 I can’t wait to read!
Thank you Melanie for starting this. It was more difficult than I originally expected, but I am happy I had the opportunity to write this. Thank you to Stacy for passing it along to me (and for being hilarious, of course) and thank you Lora for the post you didn’t write yet, but that I already know is going to be great.