I L M L

June 29, 2012

My Running

ILML. I Love My Life.

It’s the simple things in life that make me happy:

Messages left on the dry erase board from my 12 year old.
Potlucks.
Random text messages.
A hug hello.
Hearing the words “I missed you”.
New Running Shoes.
Weekly visits from my 22 year old.
Music.
Payday!
Clean sheets.
My Scentsy warmer.
Group Runs.

I used to take so many things for granted. And was always searching for happiness. Always. I had always believed happiness came from being married and having money in the bank. And when I had lost both of those…it validated my belief that those two things were necessary to my happiness. And it took me years to discover otherwise.

I was miserable. But I had to be miserable to know how to appreciate the simple things in life. There’s that saying “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”. Well, I think if my attitude hasn’t killed me yet—then it stands to reason that my attitude can only make me stronger. Right?!

The more I run, the more I believe I can run. The more I run, the more I listen to music. The more I run, the more I talk to God. The more I run, the more I conquer my brain. The more I run, the more I smile. The more I run, the more I feel free. The more I run, the easier it is to forgive.

The more I run, the more I Love My Life.

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Before I ever put on a pair of running shoes I used to cry myself to sleep. Often. I hated where I worked. I hated my neighbors. They used to get on my nerves. I hated my weight. I hated my hair. I hated paying bills. I hated the IRS. I hated you. I hated her. I hated him. I hated them. I could not appreciate anything, let alone the simple things.

The other week my older daughter said to me, “I want to start running”. I almost got whiplash when I turned to make sure I heard right. Running?????? Immediately I was slammed with a vision of us running a race together somewhere beautiful like Santa Barbara, crossing the finish line and laughing. I did not share that though because I tend to jump in head first and then find out the pool is empty. So I just shared about a beginners running app for her phone. And left it at that. A few days later she posted on Facebook that she was beginning the running program. So I posted a “mom” comment. I said “we will have to go buy you some running shoes”.

Running shoes. One of the simple things in life. A new pair of running shoes.

It was a simple pair of running shoes that made me fall in love with life. I don’t know how it happened but it did. I love my life today. And I really really really really hope you do too….

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About rsouleret

I am a mother of two beautiful girls. I work full time. And I run. ILML.

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4 Comments on “I L M L”

  1. strawberryjamntoast Says:

    Couldn’t agree more – running (and yoga) are such powerful forces in my life, although it hasn’t always been so. But, because of them, and the positivity they have brought into it, ILML!

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  2. gail Manley Says:

    Thanks for sharing Renee and please keep it up. You are one of the reasons ILML today!

    Reply

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