Three simple words with a very powerful impact. If you are coming across this blog by chance, let me warn you outright – this is a very personal blog. Although it is about my running journey, I blog about my life experiences as well here, and how it affects me as a person. My running and other activities to reach my mileage goal help me contemplate on those everyday issues. I share this not only for spiritual growth and healing, but with others who have the same passion and interest. Some posts will be filled with joy, laughter and triumph. Others no doubt will be raw and lay to bare. There are only a handful of people I have personally told about this blog. It does show up on my Facebook page so those individuals that are my friends will know when I post. These are my words. It is not my intent to gain visitors through my posts. I’m not concerned with grammar, past tense or present tense usage. Frankly, I don’t really care. Occasionally, I will misspell something I’m sure. You can email me about it, maybe I’ll catch it and make the correction. Not really the intent of this blog.
We have all heard these words in some form or another. Never.Give.Up. Those three words can mean many things to different people. These three words aren’t new to me, I’ve heard them so many times and in so many parts of my life. Spiritual, mental and physical. A lot of times it’s what keeps me going. As, we age and those aches and pains start to creep in, it’s easy to want to give up on many of the physical things we used to do in our youth. For some of us it’s disheartening.
When I first began running I was doing great. Feeling pretty good about myself, I decided to run up this large hill then back down it. While running down the hill I tore my meniscus on both sides of my knee. Being the somewhat stubborn person I am I ran and ran until I needed to go to the doctor. In November 2011 I had knee surgery. Thus began the long journey to recover from surgery and slowly get back into running.
Some people have said it’s crazy to continue on this path. That somewhere down the line I’m really going to pay. But what is life if you can’t be a little crazy? The only thing that was going through my mind and continues is Never.Give.Up. I will admit, I do get the occasional pain and I know my journey is long, but I can’t give up. I will never give up. It’s not in my mental makeup. Never.Give.Up – on family or friends. Even if you are confused about things, never give up.
I’ve attached this photo that I received from Col. Montero when I was at the Transportation School in 1992. This should visually put this post in perspective.
Never.Give.Up – Don’t.