If you can’t say something nice…. 

Warning rant ahead. But bear with me…. It gets good. But first a little background. Friday I was hanging out with the boyfriend and he had to run an errand for an hour or so. My first thought was “do I have enough time for a run?!?” Pretty sure there was a sparkle of joy in my eye as I said it. My second thought was “yup… I’m a runner”  He said “go for it… But not too far cuz we are going to go for a walk when I get back” seemed like a deal to me. So first I had to define “short”… So I decided that anything less than 5 miles was short. Well…  

 4.75 is less than 5! Hehe. Anyways, this is what happened on my run. I was out… Minding my own business… Enjoying a lovely Minnesota summer night.I’m running across the bridge when some idiot yells out his window something about me being slow. For the next 4 miles I had all sorts of thought percolating in my brain. Before I get into my rant I just want to say I know I’m not the fastest runner… And I am 100% OKAY with it. Sometimes I just run to clear my mind. Sometimes I run for fun or to release stress. Sometimes I run Because I Really…. REALLY like food… (You get the idea)… 

Here is what at I took from this little “insult” 

First off. You don’t know me. Which means you don’t know how far I’ve come. You don’t know the battles that I fight on a daily or hourly basis. You don’t know what I struggle with.   

  

In other words. Shut your face. Why do you have to try and put others down? Keep that crap to yourself. But also…. Don’t let other  people’s negativity hold you back from doing your thing!!! Who cares what people think! You go out there and be amazing…. And pay no attention to their negativity. I also realized I had a choice to let his observation define and ruin me… Or help push me forward… I didn’t let him continue the outcome. I win!  

  
Don’t give into your own negativity. I am my own worst critic most of the time… And can get down on myself real quick. Don’t do that. It’s not helpful. And most of all Don’t quit. What Happens then?!?  We go back to where we started… Or worse? And how does that feel?!? Keep pressing on. It’s worth it. 

  
I get a lot of smiles, nods and waves from people when I’m out running. You have no idea how much that pushes me along. Why can’t we be that? People who encourage and build each other up?!?! 

Bottom line: you have no freaking idea how hard I worked to get to… And stay where I am. Still not exactly where I wanna be… But heck of a lot further than I once was. 

Also. This is just as true in running as it is in life. Can you imagine how different the world would be if we set aside our differences  and just encouraged each other to follow our dreams. Hmmm… Something to think about…. 

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2 thoughts on “If you can’t say something nice…. 

  1. Oh gosh… i could have written this! I am not a miniskinnie, i am over weight, i am 52, i struggle with a few autoimmune diseases… i run… SLOW and i walk fast… i bloody get out there and do what makes and keeps me happy!
    I get a LOT of taunts… what keeps me going is EXACTLY what you put down here…
    I once stopped at two girls who burst out laughing at me as i passed them on a run… young girls, smoking, trying to be uber cool… 15 maybe… and told them to remember this day when they are 52 and think back about the time they laughed at someone they had no idea about. I left them with that, they stood there, with their mouths gawping… and i tell you what, i RAN, i ran like i had never run before, form en-point, head held high and i was so proud of me, i beamed that i had had the courage to stop that shit right there and then and stand up for us, all of us that get this one time or another!

    So you GO GIRL! You are right, if we all just built each other up instead of breaking one another down, this life would certainly be a lovelier place.

    Keep running happy… and don’t ever let anyone get your down on that!
    xxx

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