I have found most things I do in life become a “race”. Some of these are 5K’s, and enjoyable,. Some are much longer and, often, quite painful.
I remember Glen and my race to be “debt free”. We used Dave Ramsey’s System. Some of that journey was horribly painful: financial sacrifices, disagreements on what we could and could not spend and the finish line feeling continents away. But I also remember that day we paid off our first debt. It was exhilarating. Closing out that one debt made crossing the finish line seem possible. Even though we couldn’t see the end, we knew it was within our reach.
Glen started running with me about 18 months ago. He was competitively driven from the start, just like me. He needed the Garmin watch to always know his “pace”. He looked at results to races to see where he stood amongst his age group before we’d ever get to our car. He had the bug – the drive to improve and win. As I watched him, I saw myself. The constant desire to beat all odds. The desire to cut one more second from my time.
My race today is to get Glen home and retired. It’s why I get up every day and do my job. It’s why I watch a TV show with him on weekends with my computer on my lap…so I can check all my work sites. It’s why I step out of my comfort zone day in and day out to become better at my job.
It’s my race to have him here, home, during those last decades of our life. Sometimes I need new running shoes. Sometimes an injury sets me back. But, sometimes, I beat my time and realize I can do anything I put my mind to. I can see the finish line. And that makes it so much easier to keep running.
The marathon I’ve signed up for is teaching others how to stay healthy using Natural Solutions by doTERRA. I see many other racers who have signed up for this race. But what I have observed is many do not finish. Some walk. Some become overheated. But me, I push for my best time. I grab the water along the way. I WILL cross the finish line. And, when I do, Glen will be with me!