Ever done something “blind”? What does that mean, you ask…..Going into something without all of the details. Deciding to jump in without knowing where you’ll wind up. Or something like that….
That’s how I’ve felt lately. I made a few decisions in the past couple of months that took me out of my comfort zone. I decided it was time to act. I made these decisions blindly; meaning I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Somewhat like jumping off of a cliff, I suppose.
Throughout this time, I have had the blessing of a great friend that is also going through Life’s challenges. We have leaned on each other, taking turns figuring things out together. A couple of weeks ago, we ran blind together, and it felt like a metaphor for Life.
Toward the end of summer, I made choices that changed how I view my daily life. I wanted to get a handle on what it is that I truly want and what really makes me happy. I needed to step away from what was comfortable for a bit, and take a little leap of Faith to figure things out. With my husband and family at my side, I did just that.
And, with this gal.
My voice of reason. Running with her, talking with her; it gives me perspective.
When I am questioning things, she will give me a scripture that speaks to my soul. When I am doubting myself, she reminds me of how strong I am. She leads by example.
We have run a few times on the trails now, and she always leaves me with a sense of who I am and what I am trying to be. This picture is from a couple of weeks ago, when we did a race together at night on the trail. It struck me that both of us, running in the dark together, have actually been running blindly together this whole time.
Neither of us knows for sure what the future will bring, but we don’t stop moving forward.
Sure, it’s a little scary at times. But, we have each other. We look out for each other. Much like the trail at night, we use each other’s light to help the other one out. We point out the obstacles, so the other one doesn’t stumble. We provide words of comfort when there is hurt, and we give words of inspiration when the other is doubting.
We build each other up, and help each other to be the best version of ourselves.
Thank you, Susan, for helping me see.
Run Happy. Run Long.
Amy is an ultramarathoner and triathlete, a coach, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also an ultramarathoner and triathlete), and kids in Ohio.