To those out on Constitution Trail with me…
I don’t know you and you don’t know me. But here we are: running, biking, walking, skipping by each other on this trail. It might be a beautiful day, or a not-so beautiful day, but I want to tell you that I appreciate you.
Your smile uplifts me. During some really tough miles when I have almost gone from being upright to crawling, it is your smile that got me to take another step.
I do not know your reasons for being out here. To clear your mind, to stretch your legs, to forget your worries, to lose weight – but I do know that each day you make that healthy choice to be out here is one more good example you are setting for your children, grandchildren, neighbors, parents… for me.
Sometimes it’s hard to get off the couch, ya know? Some days it is easier to eat instead of move. A nap or a walk? You get to decide which wins. We are all out here because we fought the voices in our heads that told us nah, not today. We are putting ourselves first, in the most unselfish way.
In a group, or alone, on a bike, a skateboard or on foot, the fact that you took the chance to make eye contact with me, to acknowledge in my existence it a world that can feel lonely in even the most crowded of places, touches me.
There is so much good in this world. Out on the trail, that’s where I see it the most. The smiles, the head-nods, the acknowledgment that even though we are out here doing our own thing, we are all in this together.