The stranger

Goofy Training
Week Two
Days three and four

I had a fantastic day on Wednesday, but by lunchtime yesterday I was seriously annoyed. My new running shoes didn’t fit right, I couldn’t find what I wanted at Target, and my phone wouldn’t stop beeping with friend drama and my boss asking me questions about an area of law that I don’t really know enough about to fire off a quick text message answer from the store. To top it off, the lady in front of me in line had 7 kids and 2 full baskets of school supplies and I just wanted to get back to the office. 

As I was walking back to my car, a woman caught my eye and just for a second I was breathless. Bejeweled wedge flip flops, a maxi-dress, oversized sunglasses and long curly black hair. For just that moment – half a moment – I thought it was Angi. You know how that happens, when you know it can’t be that person but for just a split second your brain and heart tells you it is?

By the time I got in the car, I realized how ridiculous I was for feeling annoyed. Was I really bothered that I had to spend five extra minutes in an air-conditioned store or that my magic Jetsons-like device was beeping too many times with people who wanted my opinion or knowledge?

It’s so easy. It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things and forget the big ones. To forget how lucky we are and what troubles are out there. One of the reasons I run for LLS is that it’s a weekly reminder that there are worse things out there than losing an earring or spilling my coffee. And I know that – of course I know that, we all know that. But it helps me a lot to be reminded of it.

Tomorrow is our first run at the lake, and then I’m off for a week in Colorado with the love of my life for adventure and relaxation. I’m so very, very lucky. Thanks, stranger in the parking lot, for making me stop for a minute and remember that.

About Elizabeth

Running and thinking about life one step at a time.
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