Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A little mad...
And the medal? It's awesome! Heavy and colorful and, of course, it's a Harry Potter theme (if you're interested, check out the Hogwarts Running Club) which is a huge bonus. It's also a great way to raise money in the fight against cancer (through The Jimmy Fund). I'm already looking forward to the next one.
But then... I got a message from a person I will not name (but they got an earful from me already) about how stupid it was that I (and lots of others) got this medal for a Virtual Run. I was told that it wasn't really a run and that most people who participate in a 5k don't (and shouldn't) get a medal at all. I was more than a little pissed, but I walked away from the computer for a couple hours so that I could calm down. It worked... a little.
Here's the thing: I worked hard for those miles. I have had my body completely shut down on me more than once in the last couple of months (thankfully I make it safely home before it happens). I've been battling with extreme fatigue and heart issues for a while now. And I'm not the only one with a challenge. There are people who struggle each day to get out of bed (depression, illness, pain, and more), much less muster enough energy to walk/run 3 miles. There are people who are recovering from illness or surgeries and find it hard to walk from their door to their mailbox, much less a 5k. If they achieve something like this, wherever they are, then, yes, they deserve a cool looking medal to show to the world that they are taking steps to help themselves.
No, I do not buy special running socks or spend a lot of money on shoes & clothing. No, I won't pay a huge entrance fee to run with a group of people I don't know. And no, I don't go farther than 4 miles on any given day at this point. But that doesn't make what I do any less important than your 13 or 26 miles.And my mere 100-pound bench press will never compare to yours, but it felt good to know that I did it, just the same.
If you sneer at someone who accomplishes something that they are proud of, take a moment and ask yourself if that's really the best way to be. You don't know the other person's story. Just because they look healthy (for the most part) doesn't mean that they aren't struggling with something you can't see (unless you have sonogram vision, you can't see my mitral valve and the "funny" little thing it does with each heartbeat). Just because they don't have the latest gear and the newest water bottle, doesn't mean that the activities they do are worthless. So, before you set your fingers to the keyboard or open your mouth, take a moment and tell yourself to shut up and think. We're all on our own journey and comparing mine to yours is pointless.
To those who are proud of the achievements they have: Rock on! Be proud of what you do! Don't take crap from anyone! You are a fabulous person and no one can take that away from you.