This week I was asked to write about how it makes me feel when someone tells me I "inspire" them. This is a difficult question for me to answer. I still have a very hard time accepting that someone like me, who hasn't run a distance longer than a 10k, someone who still walks more than she runs, someone who hasn't reached her goals can inspire someone else. However, I am told this and it makes me want to try harder and to find things in myself that are inspiring. I have said before that we are our toughest critics and it holds true for me every day, every hour and every minute.
Every morning I wake up and try to inspire just one person a day. I even have a coffee mug that says "Be Inspiring" on it to remind me. Sometimes the person I need to inspire most is myself. I am thankful for those who find me inspiring, they remind me to not be so hard on myself and to get out there and go. Their words make me want to be a better me. They remind me that I have come a long way from where I was. They are the people who help keep the flame inside burning even when it is trying to go out. Every person has a journey and the people who have told me I inspire THEM are also the people that inspire ME.
I want to take a moment to thank the people who have inspired me: my running team TuTu Many Races- every time someone exceeds their own expectation, they make me so proud to be a part of their journey. My brother- who even though I will be in constant competition with, stayed with me and finished by my side at our first race together and also organized a local 5k to raise money for their local food bank. Everyone else in my family- for cheering me on every torturous step of my journey. My fellow sponsored athletes- for accepting me into their ranks and doing extraordinary things that make me want to be like them. Finally, every RunJunkEe who shares their story of success, weakness or race. Without Dan and all of my fellow RunJunkEes, I would not be who I am today. I may inspire a few of you, but you ALL inspire ME.
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