Peace has no political party. The violence needs to end.
Make your run a little different today. Take the time to reflect. Use those beating hearts, burning muscles, and steady breaths. Reflect on the horrific violence that has taken place in our country over the last 30 days. Think about the kind of world we live in. Think about the kind of world YOU want to live in. Think about the world you want your friends, children, family, coworkers, and partners to live in.
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.
We are RUNNERS. We are the gritty, sweaty, crazies who don't wait for the world to change for us. We do the changing ourselves. We are powerful. Think about how you can use that power to CREATE the world you want to live in.
We are Black. We are White. We are LGBT. We are Police. We are Democrats. We are Republicans. We are different people from so many different places, but we all come together at the starting line. We all share smiles, hugs, laughter, tears, accomplishments, and failures. Reflect on this. How can you use these values to TAKE ACTION and change the world.
Sounds unrealistic, doesn't it? You know what used to sound unrealistic to me? The idea that I would EVER run a mile. Well, I did. The idea that I could EVER marathon. Well, I did. The idea that I could EVER beat addiction and save my own life. Well, I did. The idea that I would EVER find "my people," "my community." Well, I did, and it is every single one of you.
We are powerful. Our lives are so different, but every single one is so precious. We deserve to savor every drop.
So, what are YOU going to do to be a part of the solution.
I love all of you. I value all of you.
Author: Jon Lyons
Founder of RUN215. Fitness Activist. Father. Self-diagnosed running addict.