Thursday, March 15, 2012

A letter the Meredith

Dear Meredith,

Be brave.  Take risks.  Nothing can substitute experience. ~ Paulo Coelho ~.

Paulo's sweet, true?  Love him.  He always knows just the right thing to say to a marathoner before a big race.

You are one of the great inspirations in my life.  I think of you often, and always in a positive light.  I'm so fond of you that I ~gasp~ might actually hug you the next time we see each other.
It could happen.
I'm learning to hug.

I sometimes wonder if you know how you impact the world around you.  I never get the impression that you have an idea.  For certain, you've changed my life.

You motivate with your sweet words of strength.
You inspire with your gentle confidence.
You amaze with your mad skillz.
You weep when weeping is called for and you SMILE freely.

These are all traits that should be celebrated.  Admittedly, some with Kleenex and some not...

So next time you’re running a marathon...in L.A....

Remember the whole bit about cow bells and red shirts.  If you think you’ve found the wall, remind the wall that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE WALL.

Try not to suck, respect the distance, and just be in the moment…  but more than that…

Smile freely, dear friend, and remember that the fog seems thickest right before it lifts.

Savor the run,
Gba gf.

6 comments:

carrie said...

Good luck and kick some asphalt Meredith!!!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Go Mere! Love ya!

Meredith said...

Ginny, I'm sitting here weeping as my kids all wonder what is wrong with me. :)

I have no words(and you know that's rare)...

What I do know is that as I'm pushing through those miles, you're going to be with me - when I'm smiling and especially when that fog comes.

Thank you for your beautiful words! I love you, my sweet, inspiring, friend!

Julie D. said...

Since I get the privilege of hugging meredith in person, i will give her one for you! :) I've exited the blog world for the time being and your support, encouragement, and love for my friend makes me wonder why I did. Such amazing support from 'friends' that we have never met. Thanks, G. You truly are GBA, in every way.

Char said...

That's such a lovely letter. I'm sure you're inspired and raring to go. Good luck.

M Mullins said...

I am a local Richmond follower of your blog and my name is Meredith, so I was taken aback for a second until I realized that you weren't addressing me in this post. ;) But I'll still take a little of that encouragement as I train for my second go at the Monument 10k. I look forward to reading your blog and appreciate the candor in your writing style. Happy St. Pat's - Slainte!