Friday, June 8, 2012
occasionally i am reminded that not everyone has been as fortunate as i, to have the wife, daughter, family, and friends that i do, or have found ways to live with the intensity that life will throw at you. about a month ago i ran in and won a half marathon. you would assume that when i think of that day i would be happy. instead i find myself thinking about how i later learned that while i was running my warm-up i passed within three homes of a young man who was taking his own life. i did not know him. i do not know anything about what his situation was like. what i do know is that it is a terrible thing to feel like you can't live in this moment and the next one is unthinkable. a life is made up of so many moments. each one a little step to a bigger goal. having been so close by, i wish that there was something that i could have done to change the outcome that day. i know there wasn't anything i could have done but that doesn't stop me from feeling the way i do. if you are reading this and you ever feel like life is too much to take, try to find solace in the fact that you are not alone. this moment will pass and there will be another right behind it and then another and another. get moving. get out of the house. call anyone. don't let that one tiny moment be the one that defines you. eventually something will happen that will make you glad you did.
Thank you Shannon for saving my life.