The events of last week happened close to home.
A little too close.
I live in Medford, MA which is only about 6 miles outside of Boston.
We’ve gone downtown to watch the runners every Marathon Monday for the past 7 years.
Except last Monday.
M had to work and I had a fully booked schedule.
We didn’t even talk about going in.
You all know what happened in Boston on Marathon Monday– you must: it was all over the news.
The events got me thinking.
Mostly about the victims.
Victims of a horror.
Gruesome injuries that you don’t expect to see living in the US.
These peoples’ lives have changed forever.
It will be a while until a lot of them are able to do the things they used to do.
Like walk, run, stand.
Some might not ever.
Thinking about how quickly their lives changed overwhelmed me with gratitude for my own life and my body.
How quickly their lives changed.
It could be like that for any of us.
Now is the time to be grateful for what you have.
To start loving your body.
There’s not enough time left to hate your thighs.
There’s not enough time to hate your stomach.
There’s not enough time to feel anything less than love and gratitude for the body you have.
Events like what happened on Marathon Monday put things in perspective.
Shock the reality into us.
It’s unfortunate that it takes loss like this to help us see what we have.
Start loving your body right now.
Even if it feels fake in the beginning, faking it is better than nothing.
Here are a few posts with some tips for starting to love yourself more: