“I’ve got your back” feels like the kind of thing you want to hear a friend say before you try something that scares the pants off of you, or have a partner whisper to you before you drift off to sleep. I have always wanted to be that kind of a person for my family and friends; the kind that makes them feel supported, protected, and safe. I have succeed often and I have failed many times as well. I have made some people feel supported and others smothered. I have protected long held friendships and I have hurt people who have trusted me completely. I have scared just as many people as I have comforted. This is just simply the truth without sugar coating or making myself look better than I really am.
These days I am watching my rescue dog, Scout for wisdom and insight. He seems to have a handle on what it takes to actually “have someone’s back”. He gets it. It seems very basic, real, and easy: get close, wrap up, breathe deep, and stay put.
“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship,
dependent upon its vulnerable reserves of air and soil
– all committed for our safety to its security and peace,
and preserved from annihilation only by the care,
and, I will say, the love, we give our fragile craft.”
– Adlai Stevenson
“Let us dig in our gardens and not be elsewhere;
Let us take long walks in the open air.
Let us bathe in the rivers and lakes.
Let us indulge in games.
Let us be more simple:
simple and true in our gestures, in our words,
and simple and true in our minds above all.
Let us be ourselves.”
– Robert Linssen
photo art by Marci Molina
I am training to run the Pocono Mountain Run for the Red
Half Marathon Relay on May 20th!
The funny part is that I have never even ran in a race
before, let alone half marathon! I used to be a solo runner and would get bored running over 4 miles. Then last spring I started running with my boyfriend and adding more miles … I loved it! My inspiration
is my dad. At 78 years old, he runs or walks almost every day. He has many medals and trophies from 5Ks, 10Ks, half and full marathons. He truly loves to run! I’m not in it to win any medals, I just want to run
13.1 miles. My goal is to cross the finish line (injury-free) alongside my dad, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and boyfriend. It will be a family affair with my mom cheering us on! My dad and brother have run marathons together, and my brother-in-law (with a pacemaker) and sister have run half marathons together. Me??? I have always worked out as though I am training for something – so I might as well give it shot!
Wish us luck!