I didn’t have many role models growing up, if at all. I was born into foster homes for approximately 8 and half years before being adopted. I was moved around from home to home. After being adopted, my adoptive parents divorced and I lived with my father and his new wife. It wasn’t a very positive environment. Not horribly bad, but could have been better. Life was just a bit more challenging.
Not a good cycle.
I, in no way say these things because I am bitter, angry, or sad. On the contrary, I have always looked to the positive and, of course, to running to help me through any rough times. And as a preteen and teenager, those can come often. I ran quite a bit as a youngster. It seemed to help me help myself. I believe that it is because of running that I am so happy and have stayed on a positive course. It helped break a negative life cycle. No matter the situation, I can overcome any obstacle or life’s challenges through running. Not to mention, the health of it.
I’m actually glad it all happened. I see it as a gift to help others. I hope to introduce “that kind of happiness” to these girls. I want to be on their side. I would like to show them that running can bring so much positive awareness to oneself. It can bring confidence, inner strength, independence, courage & happiness. Also, the blessings of hard work, to preserver and endure!! I know by being there for these girls, I am also there for myself. It gives me a warm feeling that I can be there for children, or ANYONE!! And one day, they will be there for some other young girl or boy. This is a better cycle to be in.
...just thought I'de share.