After a few days of thinking it over, I did it. I joined www.whoirun4.com. I struggled with the decision. I wanted to join, but let’s face it –I’ve been burned so many times by “friends” that the thought of putting myself out there wasn’t that appealing. I mean, I wanted to and I didn’t want to.
But I couldn’t get the thought out of my head.
I wasn’t thinking so much about the possibility of friendship or relationship building. Introverts like myself don’t really need that much interaction anyway. I was thinking about the bigger picture…the picture I’ve never given much thought to before.
I can run.
And there are some people out there who can’t.
I mean, I’ve known that before, but this time I started to know it in my heart.
Then I got thinking about how I would feel if I couldn’t run or walk or jump or move.
Then all I could think about was how blessed I am.
So I signed up.
I still run for me. For my health, for strength, for opportunities to have “me” time, to think about my writing, and for time with my silly puppy.
But yesterday, when I went running after I signed up for whoIrun4.com, my mind wasn’t on getting stronger or slimming down or losing a pound. My heart was on the buddy I’m going to be matched with and the thousands of runner/buddy matches that already exist.
I was running for a whole other reason.
And it felt good.
When I scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, it was a blessing to see the support, encouragement, and love being shared. It was by far the epitome of human kindness.
I don’t have a buddy yet. The wait list is incredibly long. So until I get matched, Omar and I will keep running in anticipation of our buddy.
I’m told it’s worth the wait.