This week

I just learned that this is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

I am running a marathon March 4. In Napa, CA, the end of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

All of a sudden, the Napa marathon took on a whole new dimension for me. All of a sudden I was filled with a desire to thank many people in my life: old and new.  So, thank you for your love, patience, support, laughter, tears. Thank you for sharing your life with me. You have helped make my life rich and joyful in a way that I had forgotten for awhile.  Seeing what inspires and motivates others in life helps motivate and inspire me in my passion.

I have learned that, when I speak with people, I know that I am not alone: that my feelings are not bad or unusual or strange. Life is much more enjoyable when you open yourself up. This means opening myself up to the bad as well: disappointment, being judged: being open to things beyond my control. I set goals, and I just may fail.  And you know what? I know that, if I tell my friends my goals and I fail, they will not laugh at me, but they will be with me as I go through a little disappointment. They will share their stories. We will smile and laugh. I will set new goals and make new plans, and my friends may too. And life goes on. And if I tell my friend and I succeed we will celebrate, laugh, and share stories. I will set new goals. And life goes on. And that is pretty wonderful.

It’s kind of strange how life works.  It’s also beautiful.

So, as I run Napa Valley Marathon on Sunday, I will be celebrating life: where I have come from, where I am, and where I am going; the friends who have been and are a part of my life; and so much more.

If you ask me what I will think about: I have no clue. I will let you know. Usually the thoughtfulness comes before and after an event. During an event I tend to focus on small goals and what’s ahead of me. I have a bit of a single track mind!

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