Sometimes inspiration comes from the oddest of places.
As most of you know, I like to run…a lot. As most of you also know, I like to run in the mornings…most of the time. For the past few months every single time I go out and run in the morning I pass this older gentleman. Now I am no prodigy at guessing an elder’s age (except my mom’s she is always 35 and never known as “elder”) but I am going to say he is about 75 years young.
This man is not spectacular in that he is one of those older men/women that is running incredibly fast in expensive gear and racing through their run each day as I think to myself, “dang I hope I look like that when I am ‘x’ years old,” however, he is spectacular in the fact that like clockwork every. single. day. he. is. running. Slowly. Running. Running…with purpose…running. I see him at the exact same spot each morning, around 75th street & 5th ave on the west side of the street, outside of the park. He is running north and I am running south. We say “Good Morning” to each other in the mornings. It makes me smile.
It struck me this morning that he inspires the shit out of me. I mean I could literally set my clock by him each morning. He makes me feel guilty when I do not wake up to run! Literally, I get out of bed because I think that Joe (yes I named him) will know if I am not out there passing him at approx 6:12 each morning. I keep one ear bud out of my ear until AFTER I PASS HIM because I want to say good morning to him because I want him to know that I see him there every morning, running–even though he is probably retired and could stay in bed every morning for hours if he wanted. I want him to know in some way that I see him and he helps me to feel inspired and run every day.
Inspiration sometimes comes from the oddest of places. My inspiration isn’t fast, isn’t a young person with abs of steel and a ripped up body. He doesn’t even know I exist really, but he still inspires me. I have many other inspirations in my life (my mom, super runner mom, my brother, my grammy, pinterest boards [haha just kidding] etc.) but this morning I realized that inspiration can come from anywhere!
I hope I inspire some of you out there to run–and even if I don’t I encourage you to find someone or something that does.
Hope you all have a great Thursday!!