I’m not much for unicorn farts. Nor do I think unicorns shit rainbows.
That being said, it’s nice to find a rainbow, especially when it’s unexpected.
I haven’t been feeling great lately but sometimes getting out of your personal “inside” can help. Today I joined a group on a trail run that was long and steep. Some days you feel like you should be in better shape. Sometimes you remember runs where you were in better shape, but then in this reality all you have is one pace. Nothing hurt so much I needed to stop, but everything hurt enough that it was some slow going.
I ended up running most of this run solo. I couldn’t keep up with the faster group ahead of me, yet didn’t want to slow down so much to join up with a slower group. So I ended up running alone and felt discouraged. I think it was more that I was just wanting another body around. I haven’t run in almost a week and was lacking motivation. I made it to this run specifically because I knew it would be a group run.
It was beautiful on this run:
I ran through puddles and along rocks and logs and mossy trails. The sun even came out, interspersed with a fine mist of rain.
We had decided that we would all run for about an hour, and turn around wherever we were at that time. I assumed I would be running with someone else, so hadn’t bothered to check when the turn-around time would be. I hadn’t seen anyone in a while but knew I was close to the top of the mountain. I also knew I had to be home by a certain time. This was not a good moment to be running along blindly.
But then I neared the top of the mountain. There were a few runners there already, waiting to ensure I reached the turn-around point but also so that I got to see the view. It was cold and windy, but as I looked across at the ocean and mountain tops, there was a rainbow. Sometimes you see things in unexpected places, and rainbows are good for this. It was just waiting to be seen.
I am grateful for this.
What are you grateful for?