Well 2020 continues to be an relentless opponent. Before I even begin with the emotional 'down' I'm experiencing, I'm still grateful. On Monday I lost my job, a job that I dearly loved with a team that I dearly loved, yesterday they made the right call and cancelled the CIM in December. I was looking forward to running in California again, but under the circumstances they made the correct decision.
So here's why I'm grateful.... I have my health and I've survived much worse. I gave myself some time to mourn the loss, and it still finds me. But I must keep going. A persons character is tied to how they behave in the face of adversity and how they treat others. Here's that I challenge myself and others with, go out and lend a hand to those that are truly in a rough place. Even if it's an ear, that's something. With the mental trauma we've been going through with the COVID19 related deaths and unemployment we all know several people that have been affected. Unfortunately suicide rates are climbing and people are feeling closed off. Just be there in anyway, shape, or form. Be a sounding board for those in need. On my 'resources' page I have listed organizations that are here to help as well in case you or someone you know is heading in the wrong direction.
And I wanted to end on a positive. For those that keep up they know I had a slew of injuries in May that took all summer to correct. I'm very happy to report that I'm functioning on more of the level I was at the beginning of the year. My long runs are back and honestly very smooth. I am looking forward to the Virtual Monumental Marathon coming up on November 7th in Indianapolis, or wherever you may live. Stay strong out there and be there for each other.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.