Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Quick Note to Friends

NOTE: Updated with more photos!

Today’s short post has nothing to do with distance or speed or accomplishment. It has to do with the in-between. The moments and steps we share with others that propel us to personal records, amazing moments and perspective-altering experiences.
“What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I have lived in California for, officially-as-of-August, 4 years. Funny, in the first 10 months or so, you would not believe I would have lasted in such a foreign country. There were too many non-protected left-hand-turns on the road, too many stilettos at lunch, and too many pairs of sunglasses hiding eyes...

But I am an endurance athlete. And endurance person. I endured. I learned that two cars go on the yellow and make the turn. That sneakers are okay for lunch...dinner and breakfast too. And that if you can get someone to take off their sunglasses, you already know them that much better.

I am better for it. I can unequivocally say, “I belong here.”

And I am better for it because of the friends I have made. I can only hope you, Dear Reader, can empathize. There are a few people in my circle who provide perspective, who make me feel comfortable on the West Coast, who know and love for me for who I am, as a runner, athlete, coworker … human. It has taken months, maybe years. But I very much love and appreciate them, too. I will not call them by name. It is not necessary. They know who they are. For you, Reader, for taking the time to read my words, and for you, Friend, who takes the time to share my life: Thank You.

I have no further insight. Just gratitude


Maura said...

"I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better."

Because you are someone who helps her friends push beyond their boundaries and do what they may think is impossible, I find this quote perfect for you.

Love that picture...look at all the joy in it!

Emily said...

Love that quote, thanks Maura! And that's exactly what I thought when i saw that photo. You made it off of Fiesta Island of Death and are on your way to the finish!!