Cuz SOMETIMES…the Ole’ SH&T…is
the BEST Sh&T…
The following is the personal statement I wrote when applying to Duke’s PA program in 2012.
And…SEVEN years later…and it still reins true…
So here’s hoping that YOU TOO might enjoy, or appreciate, a dose of this OLD-A$$ CRAP-O-LA….!!
I once read a story in Runner’s World magazine about a runner who had completed the grueling Leadville 100 mile run in Colorado, suffering barely a scratch. A few weeks later while running through his neighborhood, he tripped on a decorative rock, and broke 3 ribs. Life’s wounds are inevitable, and we are all recovering from something, whether it is from wounds of the day, week or many years ago.
Two years ago I ran to the top of Mt. Mitchell for the annual 40 mile winter challenge. I thought that when I reached the summit, I could hurl all of my wounds from the mountaintop. But when I reached the top, there was nothing I wanted to throw. Through the many months of arduous training leading up to this point, I had finally realized how valuable these wounds were. I discovered that wounds are not an anchor, but the catalyst that will help me prevail in the face of adversity. I realized that scars are a precious reminder of our extraordinary ability to recover. My recovery occurs along the many miles of trails I run or ride, because the more my legs spin, the less my mind does. I recover every time I step onto my yoga mat, and am reminded of the restorative powers of stillness and breath.
In my 34 years of existence, I have come to appreciate the exquisite combination of thrills and tragedies that life has to offer. Without fully appreciating each in their own right, you cannot fully live. I believe my experiences will be instrumental as I help others to recover from their wounds. I may not know what it is to live with chronic illness or suffer from a debilitating disease. But I know what it is to spend almost a lifetime recovering. I know what it feels like to be faced with an insurmountable task. I know what it is to be entirely broken down, yet somehow muster an ounce of courage to push through the pain, freezing temperatures or high speed winds, to summit a peak. And I know how important it is to be patient as you allow yourself to recover one mile, one day, one step at a time.
I know its been QUITE SOME TIME….but…
Until next time my loves…
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Amen! I’ve missed you
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