When I wrote about finishing my half-marathon yesterday, the thought crossed my mind that I wasn’t writing anything very interesting. I thought when I crossed that finish line, there would be this amazing “ah-ha” moment, and my life would be more meaningful, somehow, my vision would be more clear and everything would somehow just “fall into place.” Instead, it was just a wonderful, fun, day that has left me with some wonderful memories – things I wrote down so that I wouldn’t forget them. I shared a few pictures and figured that two or three of my friends on facebook might read about it. I never, ever in my wildest dreams would have thought that yesterday’s post would be read by over a thousand people, almost a hundred of whom have left amazingly supportive comments and have encouraged me in countless ways. I had no idea that these seemingly insignificant thoughts would wind up being listed as one of a handful of blog posts featured on yesterday’s WordPress “Best Of” page. I didn’t even know what it meant to be “freshly pressed” until I googled it after several commenter’s congratulated me.
I have to admit that there is a part of me wishing I’d written something better yesterday! Something more interesting or significant or eloquent! Instead, the blog post that ended up being the most read article I’ve ever written was nothing more than a simple journal entry, written on the fly, about something I was proud of – a handful of moments in my life that I didn’t want to forget.
God never ceases to surprise me.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who left a comment on my blog yesterday. I’ve read about your weight loss struggles, your race achievements and goals. I’ve read your words of encouragement and support and I cannot WAIT to share my FULL MARATHON story with you in May!!! I discovered why my official time was different than the time on the clock, and learned that keeping one foot off the ground would NOT have disqualified me as a “runner” in a walking race. :) One kind soul even called me an athlete! (nestorbalce, I love you for that!) Some of you went on to read other things I’ve written, and some of you wrote to tell me I’ve inspired you in some way, and I am deeply thankful to God for that.
Your support truly overwhelms me and I sit here with tears in my eyes, reading through each comment once more, humbled by the encouragement of so many people I’ve never even met. This has been such a long, tough journey for me… worth every second of struggle, but at times exhausting, humbling and even humiliating. I think back to all the struggles that have landed me here, writing about something so seemingly insignificant and then thrown into the middle of such an overwhelming response.
I apologize in advance that I am not able to write everyone back, individually. But I write this now to say “thank you” to you all. I’m thankful to have been able to share this part of my journey with you and thankful that you took time out of your busy day to share it with me. I look forward to more unexciting races, and more uninteresting blog posts!