Thankful

thankful [thangk-fuh l] adjective 1. feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative. I awoke this morning well before sunrise, eager to connect with the ocean before running a half marathon race. I have been greatly anticipating both, as I have not been to the sea since April, and I have not run actively since March. I walked along the beach in solitude; it was as if the horizon and everything beyond existed solely for me. I watched as the water with all of its might crashed against the shore then faded. I am than kful that water has no limitations. My last embrace …

Cookies and Love

The over and underexposed snapshots of the past 13149 days are fleeting around my head today marking the passage of time. Over the course of the last 1878 weeks and three days I have come to understand that there is a beauty in living, and for that, I am appreciative. I am thankful for water that deflects the powerful glare of the sun, the gritty sand beaches, and the never-ending vastness of the ocean. I am grateful for the unpredictability of the wind, an invisible howling mass of soul-sucking gas that whispers gently, forcefully, and powerfully. I am overwhelmed by …

Remembrance of a Hero

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about the mind and all of its complexities. Partly because there is a mechanical element implanted inside of my cerebrum, which makes it possible for me to live a relatively healthy lifestyle. As a result of all of the contemplation, I have come to accept that human beings …

Scars in all . . .

With only five days before the start of my PCT journey, I have been finalizing everything I need for a successful journey. Out of pure boredom, and an effort to change my everyday norm, I decided to update my MP3 playlist. I’ve opted to play tunes, to motivate myself at the start. I made up my mind to add a few books and songs that I haven’t listened to in a while. As fate would have it, I stumbled across the song, New Beginnings, by Tracy Chapman. Her lyrics are beautifully written as she sings passionately about a desire to …