I’ve always related with the social media meme:

“If my body is ever found dead on a jogging trail, just know I was murdered elsewhere and dumped there.”

So, when my 13 year old fellow non-runnin’, animal lovin’ daughter announced she wanted to run a local 5K in the middle of winter to raise money for a dog rescue, I was a bit taken back. The  school “mile run” practically brings her to tears so this was well…unexpected.

I’m always encouraging the kids to try new things, push themselves out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves.  I’m not sure why I was so surprised. After all, it’s what I want her to be- fearless in tackling new goals and experiences.

She did great time for a beginner, finishing the race in 39 mins., right in the middle of the pack. This kid does everything with a smile on her face and an optimistic attitude- this race was no different. Seeing her cross the finish line, hands up in the air, with a big smile on her face made me so proud. I hope she knew the loudest whoops and hollers came from me, her biggest fan.

I learned a lot from seeing her challenge herself- from seeing her attempt to overcome her dislike of something for a great cause. She just told herself she could do it, and she did. I hear ya, kid. I hear ya. They sure do teach me every day.